MINI SE electric

Discussion in 'BMW' started by Domenick, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Good point about the hood scoop. I have to admit I didn't even notice it. Hopefully, they can give you a different hood from the factory, but I suspect that's a mod you'd have to make afterward.
     
  2. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    If they're already building the Mini Cooper SE on the same production line as the ICE-powered Minis, I naively believe they could simply click a check-box on a computer screen to substitute a 3-cylinder Mini hood. I don't want to have to buy my own hood and hope a local body shop can successfully match the OEM paint. What will I do with the hood with the blocked-off scoop? Maybe I can find the owner of a 2019 3-cylinder Mini Hardtop who would want to trade to make his/her Mini look like a Cooper S.

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  3. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    Here's a nice intro video to the MINI Cooper SE (or the more logically named "MINI Electric" in Europe).

    In the video, Oliver Heilmer, MINI Head of Design, says, "Therefore, we were able to focus on details like the grille so we do have still the hexagonal shape, but due to the fact that there is not a combustion engine behind, we need much less air. So a perfect design element for us. It’s almost closed and with just one horizontal bar as an air intake."

    Later in the video, Heilmer says they put a lot of work into designing aerodynamic wheels for this car.

    Now to continue my ranting about the bogus hood scoop (bonnet scoop?): If the head designer says they don't need any more air than the one bar in the closed grille provides, the blocked hood scoop makes even less sense. Not only does it reduce the car's aerodynamic efficiency, it degrades the car's appearance because it's superfluous. All of the car's other design elements are there for a purpose. The hood scoop is only there to make it clear that this is a version of the Mini Cooper S. Would the buyer of this car be unhappy if it didn't look like an S? This prospective buyer resents this electric car including a design element created only to increase the performance of an internal combustion engine.
     
  4. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    Be aware that huge grilles are very popular in China, and have been for some years. Given the large and growing segment of the EV market in China, it's not surprising that many auto makers will appeal to that with large faux grilles on their EVs.

     
  5. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    Then the Chinese MINI Cooper SE won't need a fake hood scoop, either.

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  6. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    Here's a Moonwalk Gray electric MINI that doesn't sport the yellow side mirrors or the two yellow stripes on the "grille" seen in all of MINI's press photos. This car also isn't wearing the yellow-edged asymmetrical rims seen in those press photos (and on the orange MINI below). That yellow paint on the rims is just begging to be transferred to the nearest concrete curb. I pasted an image of this gray car's symmetrical wheel up in the corner.

    I found this electric Moonwalk Gray MINI in a YouTube video showing it traveling down the production line in Oxford, UK. Earlier, Domenick extracted an image of the underside showing the T-shaped battery configuration from the same video. Even though this British-bound right-hand drive edition will be called the "MINI Electric," it still says "Cooper S" on the hatch, just like the "MINI Cooper SE" coming to North America.

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    Midnight Black and Solaris Orange electric MINIs have also shown up on the web, but the final color palette has yet to be disclosed. The orange one must be an pre-production prototype because it has older headlights, yellow side scuttles, and it's missing the fake hood scoop. I like the black one a lot--especially if it can be ordered without a hood scoop (you knew I'd get that in).

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