An electric Mini John Cooper Works model is in development

We at Autoblog are incredibly fond of the Mini Cooper SE electric powered car. So we’re also enthusiastic to understand that Mini is also acquiring an electric powered John Cooper Is effective product.

Sadly, that’s all Mini has actually stated about a foreseeable future electric John Cooper Works product: that it is really in advancement. Anything at all else about it, this kind of as how hardcore it will be, or what motor it will use, is entirely up for speculation. All we have to go on are pics of the prototype.

From the appears to be like of it, the prototype is merely a Mini John Cooper Functions (JCW) GP, but with an electrical powertrain. The overall entire body, even the large wing and funky fender flares, is the exact as the uncompromising GP, other than for the grille. The grille is the primarily sound case in point utilized on the Cooper SE. There usually are not any tailpipes on this motor vehicle both, for evident motives.

This surely indicates Mini is preparing a mean electric JCW, and not just a a little bit stiffer up grade from the S/SE products. It raises significant thoughts about the motor, even though. The gasoline-powered GP is the most highly effective production Mini in heritage with more than 300 horsepower. Only one particular BMW motor has been employed in a Mini so significantly: the base i3 motor, which helps make 181 horsepower. The i3s has a punchier motor that helps make 195 horsepower that would most likely fall in conveniently, but it wouldn’t appear to be potent adequate for a GP-style motor vehicle. Maybe the iX3’s motor, which makes 286 horsepower, could in good shape? It would unquestionably be near more than enough to the GP’s engine. It’s possible even 1 of the motors from the dual-motor, 500-horsepower BMW iX would do the task?

We will just have to hold out and see, and it is really really hard to say just how long, because Mini gave no facts on reveals. Ideally it won’t be too very long if the enterprise is testing minimally camouflaged electric GP prototypes.

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