MINI has become the first automaker to run a competitive electric race car at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track.
The MINI E Race, a fully electric vehicle, lapped the 20.8 km (12.9 mile) track known as the Green Hell in 9 minutes and 51.45 seconds. The car was piloted by former DTM race driver Thomas Jäger and reached a top speed of 187 km/h (116 mph) during the run.
The E Race features the same 150 kW/204 hp electric motor, powered by lithium-ion batteries, that comes in the standard MINI E. But a new helical gearbox with a longer gear ratio was added and the engine management software was tuned for improved performance. Other modifications were also made to make it race-ready, including a "special lightweight body", a roll cage and performance brakes, suspension and tires.
On the outside a carbon fiber rear wing and various diffusers were added.