/Video: MINI E Laps The Nurburgring In 9:51.45

Video: MINI E Laps The Nurburgring In 9:51.45

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Even for bigger more powerful cars, going round the Nurburgring in under ten minutes is a tall order but BMW and Mini somehow managed to do that in 9:51.45 hitting a top speed of 187 km/h using an electric Mini E! The Mini E Race is powered by the same 150 kW/204 hp electric motor, but it’s lightened and specially prepared for the job. The driver who set this record was indeed the former DTM racing driver Thomas Jäger.

To see the video of the lap and also Mini E Race specs, hit the jump…

MINI E Race Specs:

Interior

Recaro Pro Racer (HANS) CFRP seat, 6-way safety harness (3-inch), suede leather steering wheel 320 mm diameter

Roll cage

Bolt construction (lightweight) CrMo4, approx. 35 kg incl. mounting materials

Transmission

Mechanical multi-plate limited-slip differential with 40°/50° ramp breakover angle, 55 Nm preload

Engine

Adjusted engine management settings

Suspension

KW Variant 3 coilover suspension, tuned to the higher axle loads of the MINI E Race with modified damping characteristics and adjusted springs

Exterior

Diffusers, rear wing, CFRP body parts

Safety

Integration of special race ABS
Differentiated main switch concept

“The length and profile of the Nordschleife place extreme demands on the technology of our electric car. But the MINI E Race met this considerable challenge with great authority,” said the BMW Group’s Peter Krams, who headed up the project. “The aim of this unique undertaking was to provide an impressive showcase of the great potential of the MINI E and its environment-friendly drive concept.”

Thomas Jäger: “I’ve driven this circuit many times, but never in such an extraordinary car,” said Jäger, the MINI Challenge champion in 2006. “The power of the electric motor has an incredible effect, as you can access its full reserves of torque at all times. Another element of this fascinating experience is the lack of noise from the drivetrain. All in all, that was certainly the cleanest and quietest race lap I’ve ever driven.”

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