MINI Cooper SE electric hatchback debuts in racingOctober 14, 2020
MINI’s history in rallying dates back to the 1960s and the British company opened a new chapter with the all-electric Cooper SE at the rally stage in Romania over the weekend.
As part of a partnership between local BMW and Vitesco Technologies, which seek to retrofit the zero-emission hatchback for racing, the new MINI Cooper SE electro hatch covered the 5km distance in 3 minutes 8 seconds.
Retaining the standard drivetrain, suspension, brakes and tires, the Cooper SE has removed the front and rear seats and some other internal parts. In addition, a roll cage and a pair of bucket seats with racing seat belts were installed on the car. Thanks to these changes, the total weight of the vehicle has been reduced by about 150 kg.
“It was a very valuable stage for us. We learned a lot about competition, energy recovery and thermal management, as well as the next steps in the development of the project, ”said Alexandru Seremet, public relations manager for BMW in Romania. “We have valuable partners to help us put on an electric show on the racetrack next year.”
The Cooper SE, known as the MINI Electric, supports 50kW fast charging and when connected to a dedicated charger the battery will be charged to 80 percent in 36 minutes. The power of the electric motor is 181 hp. and 270 Nm of torque.Acceleration from zero to hundred takes less than 7 seconds, and the top speed is 150 km / h. The cost of MINI Electric in Romania is 33,261 euros.
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