The interior is stripped back to the absolute essentials to decrease the car’s weight; only the front seats remain. The driver’s area consists of a certified seat with six-point belt, a steering wheel with a carbon fibre impact absorber and a digital instrument cluster. The centre console houses the gearstick lever, handbrake and controls for the necessary signal lights – all too in exposed carbon fibre.
The carbon-fibre door panels with window and door openers contain cloth straps to make closing the doors easier. The remainder of the minimalist interior structure is also painted in typical racing white (for functional reasons).
The steering wheel’s impact absorber, the boost panel on the right-hand side of the wheel and the door panelling on the driver’s side are high-quality, custom-made components. The removable pads on the sport seats are also 3D-printed, with comfort and robustness in mind as a priority. The thickness, hardness and colour of the pads can be adapted as required according to the appearance, weight and personal taste of the driver at hand.
Behind the visually powerful design of the MINI Electric Pacesetter lies the expertise of BMW Motorsport. Rigorous adherence to lightweight design principles gives the Safety Car a kerb weight of approximately 1,230 kg, which makes it around 130 kg lighter than the standard MINI Electric.
The drive system enables the MINI Electric Pacesetter to sprint from 0-62 mph in 6.7 seconds and from 0-37 mph in 3.6 seconds.
The MINI Electric Pacesetter debuts in Rome on 10 April 2021 at the second event (Race 3) of Formula E’s 2021 season.