Who knew the little Mini could do this?
How do you prove the strength of a new car? By having it pull a massive plane, it seems. Porsche has pulled this stunt before when it used a Cayenne to tow an Airbus A380 double-decker jumbo jet. We’ve also seen the Tesla Model X pull a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner passenger plane. And now Mini is joining this trend with its first pure electric model, which was used to tow a Boeing 777F freight aircraft weighing 150 tons across a runway in Frankfurt.
Granted, the planes that other cars have towed were much heavier, but it’s still an impressive feat for a little Mini. The automaker even calls the upcoming Mini Cooper SE a "muscle car” as a testament to its strength. You can watch the stunt in the 45-second commercial below, which Mini promises will be the first of many social media videos "portraying the MINI Cooper SE in an exciting and entertaining manner.”
Mini’s first EV will go into production at the BMW Group’s Oxford plant in the UK in November 2019. Based on the Mini Hatch (or Hardtop as it is known here in the US), the Cooper SE promises to combine emissions-free driving with the brand’s signature go-kart handling.
While the Mini Cooper SE shown in the video is still a prototype covered in camouflage, we’ve already seen Mini’s first EV completely undisguised thanks to spy images taken from a recent photo shoot. The production version looks practically identical to the Mini Electric Concept shown back in 2017. Compared to the regular Mini Cooper, the SE has a different front fascia with a closed off grille since there’s obviously no need to cool a combustion engine.
As for the powertrain, Mini says the Cooper SE’s electric motor will offer "spontaneous power delivery with a high level of torque available directly from standing.” It’s expected to share the same electric drivetrain as the BMW i3S, so we’re expecting the Cooper SE to pack a 44.2-kWh 120 Ah battery feeding an electric motor producing 181 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. Range should also be around 170 miles on the WLTP cycle. Judging from the photos of the undisguised EV, the Mini Cooper SE’s reveal is likely imminent.