You won’t mistake the all-electricMINI ’E’ from the other cars burning up lap times at the Nurburgring any time soon. That, of course, didn’t stop BMW from taking the car for a lap around the track affectionately called the "Green Hell".

Driven by former DTM racer Thomas Jager, the MINI ’E’, as expected, didn’t exactly post a new Nurbugring record with its lap time of 9:51:45, but scorching the track with the MINI ’E’ wasn’t part of BMW’s plan either.
Instead of showing off its sheer speed - or lack thereof - BMW used this test run to show that, despite being an electric car, the MINI ’E’ can still pull off a respectable time around the Nurburgring.

"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," said BMW’s Peter Krams, the man behind the "MINI E Race" project.

Needless to say, the "MINI E Race" delivered exactly what it was supposed to do. Outfitted with racing specs like a roll cage, a lightweight body frame, and race-ready suspensions, brakes, and tires, the MINI ’E’ ran the ’Ring in a time - 9:51:54 - that was far from the lap record of just under seven minutes. Nontheless, it posted a good enough number relative to the other cars that have taken their own stabs at setting the Nurbugring lap record, especially considering the circumstances.


Source: Mini

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  (939) posted on 04.15.2010

Ok, whoever edited this video should be taken out back to the barn and shot. What’s with the late night? Members Only commercial music? Wanna hear the drive train - whatever that may have sounded like. Wanna actually see the car do something instead of having it keep breaking frame.

  (798) posted on 04.14.2010

Same here, I bet that the really put the very best and sophisticated electronic gadget they can find just to make this mini go faster on Electric.

  (708) posted on 04.14.2010

can’t believe that mini-E can do such thing. Pretty amazing isn’t it?

  (708) posted on 04.14.2010

I agree the delta shaped, air vents ruine its lovely, and sexy body trim.

  (428) posted on 04.13.2010

Oh that was fast! I bet they can win with that kind of speed but I hope they can find a good driver.

  (765) posted on 04.13.2010

Well I hope it will grab some trophies on the next event in Nurburgring.

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