Mini makes its mark at Nür­bur­gring

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

An elec­tric Mini, mod­i­fied for high speed, has be­come the first e-car to drive the Nür­bur­gring-Nord­schleife cir­cuit at racing pace.

Driven by for­mer DTM racing driver Thomas Jäger, from Mu­nich, it com­pleted a lap of the leg­endary 20.8 km “Green Hell” in a time of 09:51.45 min­utes.

The MINI E Race, with a light­weight body and race spec tyres, brakes and sus­pen­sion for the stan­dard 201bhp mo­tor, hit a top speed of 187 km/h (116mph).

BMW is looking for an­other 20 test driv­ers for its elec­tric Mini trial fleet. The twoseater car will cost suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants £330 a month in rental, tax and in­sur­ance for a six-month loan from Septem­ber, plus the elec­tric­ity needed to recharge the bat­tery.

BMW says it is £220 less than the mar­ket rate for leas­ing this type of car, thanks to a gov­ern­ment sub­sidy of £25m for UK tri­als. The cars travel free in Lon­don’s con­ges­tion zone.

ELEC­TRIC: Tackling the Nür­bur­gring-Nord­schleife cir­cuit.

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