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Formula E: Meet the New Official Safety Car, the All-Electric MINI Pacesetter

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has revealed its new Official Safety Car to run at select rounds of the 2020/21 season.

Agility, performance, cool-looking car. The MINI Electric Pacesetter Safety Car of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has got it all,” commented FIA Formula E Safety Car Driver Bruno Correia.

The MINI joins the BMW i Roadster Safety Car, both partners to the pioneering all-electric racing series. All committed to Formula E´s key role in accelerating the development and adoption of electric vehicles.

THE CAPTIVATING DESIGN

The design is an exciting symbiosis of technical precision and emotion,” said Head of MINI Oliver Heilmer.

Here, function dictates form, and many design elements have been shaped by technical considerations.”

Further explaining: “For example, we worked closely with our colleagues at BMW Motorsport to develop the form of the wheel arches and front and rear aprons, and the optimization program for them included weight-saving measures. This visually striking, technically precise design language gives the car its pervasive sense of emotional engagement and excitement.”

Head of MINI, BERND KÖRBER commented: “This extreme version of the MINI Electric has been developed as the Safety Car in Formula E, so is clearly not intended for use on public roads. But it does reveal one of the directions we could take with the electrification of the JCW brand. For me, the message is clear: electrification and John Cooper Works are a good fit.”

Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, shares his views on the new addition to the championship: “Formula E and MINI are both known for being original, unpredictable, and accessible to everyone

We share a progressive global mindset and are committed to an all-electric future. We look forward to watching MINI lead the way through the streets of Formula E’s iconic host cities, demonstrating the dynamic performance and urban appeal of all-electric vehicles.”

Following a recent calendar update, Season 7 will feature four rounds in April.Circuit

The eternal city of Rome will welcome the series hosting a doubleheader event on April 10 and 11, after its 2020 absence due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Championship will next visit the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, which will serve as host for the first-ever Spanish venues scheduled for April 24 and 25.

On the following events of the season, the series states: “Formula E will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is in constant communication with its community of teams, manufacturers, partners, broadcasters, and host cities.”

About Cecilia Demartini
Cecilia is a freelance Journalist passionate about motorsport and writing.
Her articles appeared on a variety of international media outlets.
Her knowledge goes from F1, F2, and F3 to other series such as MotoGP, IndyCar, Rally, WEC, and particularly Formula E.