Electric Mini Cooper Tows A 300,000 Pound Jumbo-Jet

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Sometimes, you just have to let the video speak for itself. That’s the case with the upcoming Mini Electric, the British automaker’s soon-to-be-released electric car that, apparently, can double as a tow vehicle for jets.

 

We’re not talking about some lithe and lean fighter-jet, no way. This yellow-and-black Mini Cooper S E Hardtop is pulling roughly 300,000 pounds of Lufthansa cargo plane around the tarmac at Frankfurt Airport.

In case you’re a stickler for details, a Boeing 777F stretches approximately 200 feet in length, has a wingspan of more than 210 feet, and stands about 61 feet high at its tallest point.

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The Mini Electric Concept, seen here, offered a hint as to what the production model will look like. Photo: MINI

 

For comparison, a regular Mini Cooper coupe is about 12 feet and 5 inches long, and its height stretches to all of 4 feet and 6 inches. Oh, and it doesn’t have wings, so we can skip that part entirely.

If you’re still not impressed with how a tiny city-car can pull an enormous jet, there is a slight catch. Mini’s press release admitted the cargo plane was empty at the time of this stunt – so there you go.

Set to be revealed this summer, the production version of the Mini Electric is rumored to borrow the powertrain used in the BMW i3 hatchback. This would equate to about 170-horsepower delivered to the front wheels, and a total driving range estimated around 150 miles per charge. Handling is a hallmark of the Mini brand, so we’re hopeful the electric model remains extremely nimble and entertaining to drive.

Mini has revealed very few specifics about the car ahead of its arrival. We do know the electric variant will weigh nearly 300 pounds more than a standard gas-powered Mini Cooper. Pricing still remains a mystery, however. Considering a base Mini Cooper starts around $22,000, and range-topping John Cooper Works models crest $36,000 per copy, the Mini Electric will likely fall somewhere between these two extremes. Sales in the U.S. should begin early next year.


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