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Green power through the Green Hell
Emission-free MINI E Race becomes the first electric vehicle to tame the Nürburgring-Nordschleife at race speed(PresseBox) ( Munich/Nürburg, )
"The length and profile of the Nordschleife place extreme demands on the technology of our electric car. But the MINI E Race met this considerable challenge with great authority," said the BMW Group's Peter Krams, who headed up the project. "The aim of this unique undertaking was to provide an impressive showcase of the great potential of the MINI E and its environmentfriendly drive concept."
At the wheel of the electric racer for the hot lap was former DTM racing driver Thomas Jäger from Munich. "I've driven this circuit many times, but never in such an extraordinary car," said Jäger, the MINI Challenge champion in 2006. "The power of the electric motor has an incredible effect, as you can access its full reserves of torque at all times. Another element of this fascinating experience is the lack of noise from the drivetrain. All in all, that was certainly the cleanest and quietest race lap I've ever driven."
Extensive preparations had to be completed before the car could roll out onto the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The MINI E Race was fitted with a special lightweight body and a roll cage in order to ensure optimum performance and safety on the track. And various other components, such as the suspension, brakes and tyres, are also race specification. Other than that, however, the car relies almost exclusively on the standard technical makeup of the MINI E. For example, it shares the same 150 kW/204 hp electric motor, supplied with energy from 5,088 lithiumion battery cells. The control electronics and the software were reprogrammed to achieve an optimal driving performance for the Nordschleife. The power from the emissionfree motor is channelled to the front wheels via a singlestage helical gearbox with a lengthened gear ratio.
To see the video on the MINI E Race's lap of the Nordschleife, please go to www.youtube.com/...
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