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London 2012 Olympics MINI fleet

London 2012 Olympics MINI fleet

The electric-powered MINI E, retired from its field trials, is being used at the London 2012 Olympic Games as “[v]enue pool cars for operational usage and supporting the Olympic Torch Relay” while displaying new graphics (see photo).

In addition, MINI introduced the Mini MINI: “This specially developed and designed radio controlled electric car will be used on the field of play in the Olympic Stadium to ferry javelins, discuses, hammers and shots back from the field to the throwing area, saving valuable time during competition.”

Mini MINI

  • Number in fleet: 3
  • 10hp / Zero emissions
  • Usage: Field of play vehicle to retrieve javelins, discuses, hammers and shot from the field to the throwing area.
  • MINI Hatch design in 1/4 scale
  • Lightweight composite bodyshell (Vehicle weight 25kg)
  • True Blue paintwork with orange London 2012 Games livery and white roof
  • Detailed exterior design including door handles, mirrors, wheel arch finishers, number plates, windscreen wipers and functioning headlights
  • Removable sunroof panel for access to the equipment storage area
  • Waterproof equipment storage area
  • Electric engine, throttled
  • Duel vented disc brake
  • Heavy duty shock absorbers
  • Grass tyres front and rear

 

Specification of Mini MINI:

Mini MINI dimensions:

  • Length: 1100mm
  • Width: 500mm
  • Height: 400mm

Read the BMW Group PressClub Global press release BMW Group adds one more model to its electric vehicle line up for London 2012.


MINI at the Brighton to London Future Car Challenge 2010

MINI EMINI is entering the RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge 2010 with an experimental vehicle and a legendary name.  Running this Saturday, November 6th, the purpose of the event is to “demonstrate, promote and challenge the development of new-energy and related technology for tomorrow’s motoring”.  The goal of the challenge is “to use the lowest energy on a 60 mile route from Madeira Drive, Brighton to Pall Mall & Regent Street, London“.

MINI UK has two entrants.  Starting in position 6 is rally legend Paddy Hopkirk driving a 2010 MINI Cooper D.  Next in starting position 7 is David Richards in a 2009 MINI E.

See the Brighton to London Future Car Challenge website.


MINI E Race on the Nürburgring Nordschleife

MINI has once again put the MINI E Race, a race-modified version of the all-electric MINI E, on the track at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.  This is the second time for the MINI E Race; it became the first all-electric car to run the Nürburgring on April 12, 2010.  BMW PressClub on the first run:

Taking on the infamous Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit at race speed with an electrically powered car is an ambitious project, but the BMW Group has just become the first car manufacturer to make it happen. Today the MINI E Race, a modified race-spec version of the standard MINI E, completed a lap of the legendary 20.8 km “Green Hell” in a time of 09:51.45 minutes. The MINI E Race hit a top speed of 187 km/h.

MINI recently released the video from the first run:

Today MINI released a video of the second run with Prince Leopold of Bavaria at the wheel:


The New York Times on the MINI E

MINI E
The New York Times weighs in on the MINI E on its new cars blog.  The author of the article worries heavily about the 100 mile range and the possibility of getting stranded.

But stray too far afield in the Mini E and not even a gas station can save you. You will also need a tow to the nearest electrical outlet and a few hours to wait for a recharge.

Read the entire article Gas-Pump Freedom (Restrictions Apply).


MINI E websites

MINI E
MINI’s experimental all-electric vehicle, the MINI E, is being tested in the US, UK, and Germany.

official websites

owner’s websites

Selected owners are leasing the vehicles for one year.  Many of them are writing about their experiences.  Here are some links to MINI E websites around the world:

  • MINI E #005 – Joel Sheiner’s (@jsheiner) Twitter feed from Orange County, California.
  • MINI E #006 – David’s (@NoGasMini) Twitter feed from Orange County, California.
  • MINI E #014 – Kathy Bakken’s blog includes a few posts about her MINI E.
  • MINI E #017 – “Edju’s MINI E Journey aka Honest-E Blog of MINI PIG #017”.
  • MINI E #019 – David Van Middlesworth’s blog on his MINI E.  Also has a Twitter feed (@DavidVanM).
  • MINI E #030 – Roy Par’s blog from California with lots of photos.
  • MINI E #053 – Mark’s blog with video and a gallery.
  • MINI E #059 – Stan’s blog which is regularly updated.
  • MINI E #066 – David A.Kodama’s website about the MINI E and other electric vehicles.
  • MINI E #085 – Genesis Energy Corporation’s MINI E charged using solar energy.
  • MINI E #111 – Peter Trepp’s blog from Southern California (see videos below).
  • MINI E #140 – Todd and Kari from Long Beach, California.
  • MINI E #148 – EV Nation articles and charging station and range maps.
  • MINI E #161 – Andrew Weisman’s (@aweisman7) Twitter feed.
  • MINI E #172 – Twitter feed (@MiniE172) from the perspective of a MINI E in Southern California.
  • MINI E #183 – Peder Norby’s blog from Carlsbad, California whose MINI is charged with solar power.
  • MINI E #203 – Hal Purdy’s blog (not active).
  • MINI E #217A blogger from Rockland County, NY with stats, gallery, and pros & cons.
  • MINI E #230 – A blog from an artist living in Newport Beach, California.
  • MINI E #237 – Roni’s blog from New York.
  • MINI E #249 – Cliff Sauders’ blog from Baiting Hollow, New York.
  • MINI E #250Tom Moloughney’s blog with “the good, the bad and possibly the ugly”.
  • MINI E #269 – Michael Graham’s blog from South Orange, New Jersey.
  • MINI E #277 – Stu Greenberg’s blog from Long Island, New York.  Also a Twitter feed (@stuartist).
  • MINI E #304 – Robert Hooper’s blog from Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
  • MINI E #339 – Paul’s blog from Queens, New York.
  • MINI E #348 – Blog with a lot of photos but not active.
  • MINI E #353 – Kevin Silver’s “MINI-E Experience” blog.
  • MINI E #364“Got Plug?” blog written from the perspective of the MINI E, with owner Don.
  • MINI E #380 – Steve’s blog from New Jersey.
  • MINI E #402 – A blog by Chris Neff, a “MINI E EVangelist” from Northern New Jersey.
  • MINI E #412 – A GM-Volt blog but with additional posts about the MINI E, with introduction.
  • MINI E #418 – Sandy Bondorowsky’s blog from Montclair, New Jersey (not active).
  • MINI E #458 – “Observations about driving a 21st Century electric car from a quantitative, technical perspective.”
  • MINI E #466 – “The Truth About The MINI E” blog by Ken Barbour in Southern New Jersey, with video.
  • MINI E #484 – “MAGICC Electric Guru” blog from Madison, New Jersey.
  • MINI E #486 – “My Year with an All-Electric MINI” blog by Timothy Gill.

media coverage

Below are two stories on the MINI E and owner Peter Trepp, the first Pioneer to take delivery of a MINI E.  He has MINI E #111 and lives in Southern California.


Richard Hammond on the MINI E

Top Gear’s Richard Hammond spent some time with the MINI E and gave his driving impressions on MINI’s experimental electric vehicle in his article on the Mirror Motoring Blog.  He mostly enjoyed the driving dynamics, but isn’t convinced of the need of an electric MINI:

I’m sticking by what I’ve been saying for ages. With the VW Polo Econetic doing more than 60mpg and models on the way that’ll do more than 80mpg, I can’t see the need for electric cars.

However, when the boffins have improved batteries so that you’ll be able to go 250 miles or more I might think again. What the Mini E has shown me is that electric cars don’t have to be boring or slow.

Read the entire article.