Back in 2010 all-electric 200bhp MINI E set a new record for electric vehicles on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time just under 10 minutes. The record did not last for too long and currently belongs to 740bhp Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive, which lapped the ‘Ring in just 7:56.
The Mini E was a demonstration electric car and field trials were done in several countries, including the United States, Germany, UK, France, Japan and China.
The UK trial was launched in December 2009 with more than forty Mini E cars handed to private users for a two consecutive six-month field trial periods. In total over 500 MINI E’s were built between 2009-2010.
Here is a new sportier electric car project for 2014 called MINI E Race Coupe, which was caught testing in Munich.
Powertrain specs are purely speculative, but most likely an updated version of the 200bhp electric motor and a new lithium ion battery pack is under this sporty package.
The prototype was benchmarking against the MINI E, revealing us a huge rear spoiler, Recaro racing seats, racing steering wheel, roll cage and EV decals.