Prince Leopold of Bavaria to Drive the MINI E Race

After the race-spec version of the standard MINI E was tested on the 20.8 km Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit one month ago, German carmaker BMW announced today the MINI E Race edition will return to “Green Hell” before the spectators at the upcoming 24-hour endurance race.

The event, taking place on May 15, will have His Royal Highness Prince Leopold of Bavaria getting behind the wheel of the car to complete a lap of the renown race circuit.

“I’m really looking forward to this outing, particularly being able to feel the immense power of the electric motor. In my career as a racing driver I have had the honour of driving some of the most beautiful and celebrated vehicles in motor racing history. The MINI E Race represents a seamless continuation,” former DTM racing driver and great-great-grandson of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, said in a release.

The MINI E Race is fitted with a special lightweight body and a roll cage, as well as race-spec suspension, brakes and tires. The car shares the same power unit as the standard version of the zero-emission model.

This means the race edition is propelled by a 150 kW/204 hp electric motor, powered with energy by 5,088 lithium-ion battery cells. Moreover, the control electronics and the software were reprogrammed, while the power was transmitted to the front wheels via a single-stage helical gearbox with a lengthened gear ratio.

The Nordschleife lap by HRH Prince Leopold of Bavaria will start immediately after the MINI Challenge race. According to BMW, the demo lap will be recorded and posted on MINI’s YouTube page.
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