The Mini Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW is set to make its debut in Rome on April 10.

It’s the new Safety Car for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series and will make its first appearance in Race 3 of the second event of the Formula E season.

At the wheel will be official FIA Formula E Safety Car driver Bruno Correia, as BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers Maximilian Guenther (GER) and Jake Dennis (GBR) battle it out for victory in their BMW iFE.21 racers.

Pacesetter is based on Mini Electric Hatch, but with enhanced performance and less weight.

The blanked off radiator grille and Mini Electric logo point to the electric heart of the Safety Car.

As virtually no drive system cooling is required through the upper area of the grille, the front end has been largely enclosed to aid aerodynamics.

Rigorous adherence to lightweight design principles gives the Safety Car a kerb weight of approximately 1230kg –  about 130kg lighter than the standard Mini Cooper SE.

The interior of the Pacesetter has been stripped back to the bare essentials; only the front seats remain.

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The drive system – also based on that found in the Mini Cooper SE – produces 135kW of power and 280Nm of torque, with a 0-100 km/h of 6.7 seconds. 

Even more important for a Safety Car are the mid-range figures.

Here, the Pacesetter displays the talents of its torque-rich electric drive system with single-speed transmission, delivering 80-120 km/h in just 4.3 seconds.

The drive system is teamed with racing coilover suspension (three-way adjustable for rebound, compression, height and camber) to deliver maximum go-kart feeling.

Race-spec suspension control arm mountings also create a10 mm increase in track width for more responsive handling. 

Finally, four-piston brakes and Michelin 245/40 R18 Pilot Sport rubber provide plenty of grip to round off the handling package.

These are the same tyres fitted to the front wheels of Formula E racing cars.


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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