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News The Mini Electric Pacesetter Has JCW Potential

The Mini Electric Pacesetter Has JCW Potential

The Mini Pacesetter could be a hint at a future JCW version of the electric Cooper


  • It will serve as the FIA Formula E Safety Car.

  • It is based on the new electric Mini Cooper SE.


Every automaker with a finger on electrification’s pulse knows that performance versions of EVs are a very good idea. Just across the hall, BMW’s already preparing its collection of beefed-up EVs and now, we see that Mini might follow suit and build its own JCW-branded electron-consuming models.

Mini Electric Pacesetter | Photo: Mini

For the moment, however, the Mini Electric Pacesetter is a one-of that hints at a possible JCW version of the Cooper SE. Visually, the Pacesetter is fat thanks to BMW Motorsport-developed massively flared fenders that cover lightweight and large 18-inch forged wheels. A number of aerodynamic add-ons are strewn all over the Cooper including a conspicuous roof-mounted rear wing with air through-flow, aprons, diffusers, and splitters.

As though these elements weren’t enough, the Pacesetter is adorned with racing stripes, bright yellow accent lines, all nicely blended on a high-gloss wrap with a two-stage Highspeed Orange to Curbside Red colour gradient.

Mini Electric Pacesetter | Photo: Mini

Many components, both inside and out, are bespoke 3D-printed parts. The cabin has been stripped to the bare minimum and includes a certified racing seat with a six-point belt, a welded-in roll cage. The seat features 3D-printed colour-coded removable pads which vary in comfort, robustness, and modularity and are identified by the colour. This ensures that all types of drivers will be at ease behind the wheel of the Pacesetter.

The Mini Electric Pacesetter weighs in at 1,230 kg, or about 130 kg lighter than the donor Cooper SE. The standard 135 kW and 280 Nm (184 horsepower and 206 lb-ft) enables the Pacesetter to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.7seconds (compared to 7.3 s).

The Mini Electric Pacesetter, inspired by JCW, will make its debut at the Rome E-Prix on April 10th.

Mini Electric Pacesetter | Photo: Mini

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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