A tweaked version of Mini’s electric car, called the Mini E Race, has lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 9:51.45 minutes.
In doing so, the BMW Group has become the first manufacturer to lap the infamous circuit with an electric car at race speed.
On the longest straight the Mini hit a top speed of 116mph, even though its electric motor, single-gear ratio and 5,088 batteries are the same as those found in the Mini E road car.
Big changes were made to make the body lightweight, and there’s a full roll cage and racing-spec suspension, brakes and tyres.
Of course the driver helps too, BMW choosing DTM racing driver Thomas Jager to complete the high-speed lap.
Andy Goodwin, senior web journalist