MINI will set an unusual record at the NurburgringOctober 18, 2019
An electric car will pass the track without applying the brake pedal
MINI decided to set an unusual record: Drive the Nürburgring in the electric Cooper SE without the brake pedal. Thus, the German brand intends to show the effectiveness of the two-level recovery system.
In the recovery mode, the traction electric motor acts as a generator and returns part of the kinetic energy arising from braking back to the battery. On the Audi e-tron, for example, recuperation works in decelerations of up to 0.3 g and provides up to 30 percent of the power reserve. The MINI Cooper SE is a little simpler. There are two levels of intensity: standard (0.19 g) and “soft” (0.11 g). They are selected by the toggle switch on the center console.
By activating the necessary mode, it is possible to pass bundles of sharp and gentle turns with optimal energy efficiency – MINI gives Brünnchen, Eiskurve and Pflanzgarten curves as an example. But the recovery work will be especially noticeable after reaching the direct line from Galgenkopf, when all the accumulated charge goes to intensive acceleration. However, how fast Cooper SE will turn out to be on the “Northern loop” remains to be seen.
In the spring, the MINI Cooper SE pre-production prototype, equipped with an 184-horsepower electric motor (270 Nm) and a traction battery of 32.6 kilowatt hours, towed a 150-ton cargo Boeing 777F.
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