We really enjoyed our time with the MINI Cooper SE which we examined each within the U.S. and Europe. It’s a very feisty and pleasing automobile (particularly if you happen to disable the digital nannies and present it some turns) and it positively retained the enjoyable driving character that imbues all fashionable MINIs.

There have been a number of MINI rally vehicles, with a historical past going all the way in which again to the Sixties. However even underneath BMW possession, the model has nonetheless produced rally vehicles, the newest being the 2011 John Cooper Works WRC, which was surprisingly primarily based on the tall Countryman mannequin, though it had many mechanical modifications to make it aggressive in the World Rally Championship.

Now it’s the flip of the all-electric Cooper SE to go rallying. It lately took half in an precise hillclimb in Romania, its official rallying debut, and whereas it didn’t win, it didn’t come final both (it ranked someplace within the second a part of the tables, although the deliberate driver couldn’t make it and the group needed to discover a substitute). The hillclimb stage in Brașov county was a part of the Campionatul Național de Viteză în Coastă (Nationwide Hillclimb Championship).



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As a way to adjust to rules, the automobile gained a roll cage and its inside was stripped of many trim items, sound deadening plus the again seat. The entrance seats had been changed with particular racing seats full with racing harnesses and all these modifications made the MINI some 150 kg (330 kilos) lighter; that’s spectacular in a car that was fairly mild by fashionable EV requirements, tipping the scales at 1.4 tons, so now it ought to weigh round 1.25 tons.

The remainder of the package deal stays unchanged – the electrical motor produces 181 horsepower and 270 Nm (199 pound-feet) of torque and there are not any modifications to the automobile’s suspension or brakes. Nevertheless, having shed as a lot weight because it did, this could assist its nought to 100 km/h (62 mph) time to drop effectively under the 7.3-second mark; prime pace stays the identical electronically restricted 150 km/h (93 mph).