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 |  Apr 12 2010, 3:19 PM

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Whether to promote the cars “performance” or more likely just for the fun of it, the team at MINI took the new MINI E electric vehicle out to Germany’s famed Nürburgring to see what sort of a time they could get. As you might expect, it wasn’t close to the GT-Rs 7:26.70 time, but then what do you expect from a 204-hp machine with a heavy battery on-board, bringing the curb weight up to 3,300 lbs. Still, MINI didn’t mess around, with former German Touring Car driver Thomas Jaeger acting as the pilot.

So what the time? Well, we’re excited indifferent to report a 9:51.45. For the record, Sport Auto once tested a John Cooper Works model for a time of 8:35.

Still, Jager, as expected, had nice things to say about the car. “”The power of the electric motor has an incredible effect, as you can access its full reserves of torque at all times. Another element of this fascinating experience is the lack of noise from the drivetrain. All in all, that was certainly the cleanest and quietest race lap I’ve ever driven.”

Currently MINI leases its electric car to customers in both the U.S. and Europe. We wonder if any of them have ever been to a race track.

[Source: Autoweek]

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