MINI unveiled the Electric Pacesetter, the new safety car for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Created jointly with BMW Motorsport, Formula E and the FIA, the safety car has been specially designed for the track and will make its official debut at the E-Prix in Rome on April 10. Much more aggressive than the Cooper SE, the electric Pacesetter includes a body kit inspired by the JCW models which features widened wheel arches, sporty side skirts and 3D printed front spoilers from recycled carbon fibers. Other highlights of this look include a full grille, air intakes for cooling the brakes, and two-tone 18-inch wheels.
Otherwise, there is a massive diffuser, a rear spoiler and a special light bar on the roof. The designers painted the car in question in matt silver gray with some orange, black and red accents. MINI has only released a handful of interior photos, but the cabin has been stripped down and only has one seat for the driver. While the infotainment system is gone, drivers will find a digital dashboard and steering wheel very basic. This 100% electric Mini like no other also benefits from a roll bar and lightweight carbon fiber door panels.
More efficient than the GP… or not?
In terms of performance, the electric powertrain is developing 184 horsepower and 280 Nm of torque. This allows the “zero emission” city car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.7 seconds. It’s not exactly fast, but the Safety Car has been fitted with a specific suspension that offers tuning to handle smoothness, compression, height and camber. This Safety-car also has widened tracks and a four-piston braking system borrowed from the JCW GP.
Although the electric Pacesetter does not go into production, MINI has hinted that the safety car points to one direction the company could take with the electrification of JCW models and so do not forget the sportsmanship that runs in their veins.