Electric Mini John Cooper Works GP in developmentNovember 2, 2020
Mini is working on an electric model with a GP attachment. This was announced on Monday, November 2, by the Motoring File agency, relying on its sources in the company.
According to the agency, the upcoming novelty is at the prototype stage, but whether it will eventually make it onto the conveyor is still unknown. At the same time, according to the information, the electric GP will receive the same appearance as the Mini John Cooper Works GP, including widened fenders and a massive rear wing. In turn, the grille will be like the Cooper SE model.
Although there is still no information about the power unit of the novelty, it can be assumed that an electric motor (184 hp) from the Cooper SE would be suitable for such a car, but with increased power. In addition, the new model could borrow a lithium-ion battery from the current SE, but specialists would have to increase its capacity from the current 32.6 kWh, which allows to travel on a single charge up to 177 km.
It is assumed that the Mini GP on electric drive will not appear until 2022. It is possible that the British brand will share some information about the upcoming electric vehicle at BMW’s electrification event. So, Mini on November 17 at this exhibition should show something, but it is still unknown whether it will be a prototype or a production car.
The electric GP is expected to be released in limited quantities and will not become a regular part of the lineup. For example, Mini only built 3,000 John Cooper Works GPs.
In addition, it was recently reported that specialists from X-Raid have made a rally car out of the glamorous MINI Countryman. It is worth saying that such a car is equipped with a 189-horsepower 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine.
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