More Mini Love
It seems that the Mini is more of a diverse engineering platform than I previously thought. In contradiction to my post last week about souping up the conventional engine in the Mini, there are other ways to skin a dragstrip. This British company has stripped out the gasoline engine entirely, and replaced it with a much smaller 27Hp engine. How does this work, you ask? Well, that gasoline engine serves only to recharge the batteries to power the electric motors in each wheel. Each of these electric motors puts out 160 hp, so total power to the pavement is 640 hp! Performance is impressive (0-60 in 4.5 seconds, top speed around 150 mph) as is efficiency (up to 80 mpg in normal operation).
I like the approach behind this design. I have to expect that if it wasn’t taken to the degree it is this is a very feasible design for future vehicles. I bet this technology would translate to much higher fuel efficiency.
Other cool features:
- Can be plugged in to standard outlets for further charging
- No conventional brakes. The electric motors provide stopping power to recover much more motion energy, and still provide ABS
- Traction-control from each independent motor communicating to the others 1000 times per second