Mini makes its mark at Nürburgring
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.