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Mini E Ray sets 'Ring lap record

2010-04-13 08:25
BMW is well versed in setting lap records with its products.

The newest entry into the company’s lap record log book is rather slow though.

An electric drive Mini E Ray has blitzed (it’s an electric car, indulge us) the fabled Nurburgring’s North Course in a time of 9 minutes and 51.45 seconds.

To put this in perspective, the internal combustion Cooper S gets around a minute quicker.

BMW’s engineers binned most of the E Ray’s cabin trim and installed a roll-cage for the hot lap, which was driven by former German Touring Car racer Thomas Jaeger. Another key modification included track tuned suspension, where engineers probably included some JCW bits.

Eerily silent through the Caracciola Karussell. Mini's E Ray ran a top speed of 185km/h during its hot lap.

Good power, plenty of weight

Powering the E Ray to its electric vehicle Nurburging record lap was a 150kW asynchronous electric motor powered by 5 088 lithium ion cells. Unfortunately those selfsame battery cells exact a 260kg mass penalty…

Relating his experience behind the wheel, Jaeger pretty much stated the obvious. "The power of the electric motor has an incredible effect, as you can access its full reserves of torque (220Nm) 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 had."

The Mini E Ray's drivetrain is similar to the stock Mini E, which is currently being leased to 500 select customers in Los Angeles and New York/New Jersey as a field test project.

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