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Upcoming MINI Electric Pulls a Boeing Aircraft in New Teaser Video - Watch Video

The MINI Cooper SE slipped straight into the role of an aircraft tug, setting off to the loading point towing a Boeing 777F freight aircraft with an unladen weight of some 150 tons.

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Updated:June 6, 2019, 10:32 AM IST
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Upcoming MINI Electric Pulls a Boeing Aircraft in New Teaser Video - Watch Video
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The recent “testing programme” for the first purely electrically powered MINI was rather unconventional: on a foray to Frankfurt airport, a close-to-series prototype of the new model demonstrated just what electromobility in the style of MINI is capable of setting in motion. The MINI Cooper SE slipped straight into the role of an aircraft tug, setting off to the loading point towing a Boeing 777F freight aircraft with an unladen weight of some 150 tons. Created collaboratively by the BMW Group and Lufthansa Cargo, the 45-second commercial shows the MINI Cooper SE as a “muscle car” pulling the significantly larger and heavier transport aircraft across the airfield. The clip marks the start of a number of social media videos portraying the MINI Cooper SE in an exciting and entertaining manner. The videos, which will be published in the lead up to its market introduction, will link various topics of the BMW Group to be brought together.”

The MINI Cooper SE will go into serial production at the British plant in Oxford as of November 2019. It is based on the MINI 3 door and buoys locally emissions-free driving. As such, the MINI Electric offers a new type of sustainable mobility reflecting the consistent implementation of the BMW Group’s electrification strategy. After the BMW i3 it is the second purely electrically powered model within the company’s premium automobile portfolio. Helping the MINI Cooper SE perform its muscle car role, the performance characteristics of the electric motor combine spontaneous power delivery with a high level of torque available directly from standing. The ongoing expansion of the range of vehicles with an electrified drive across its various brands and segments is one of the key areas via which the BMW Group is shaping the mobility of the future based on its corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT.

With its spectacular show of strength at Frankfurt airport, the MINI Cooper SE prototype hooked up with an aircraft that already had an important role to play in the presentation of innovative BMW Group vehicle and technology concepts several months ago. Last September, the long-haul transport aircraft provided the setting for a rather special vehicle showcase – namely that of the BMW Vision iNEXT World Flight. In preparation for this, Lufthansa Cargo and BMW Group trade fair construction specialists converted the most efficient freight aircraft of its class into an exclusive, airworthy presentation platform for the BMW Vision iNEXT. This vision vehicle stands as a symbol for the BMW Group’s pool of future technologies and innovations that is used for all the company’s brands. The serial production vehicle model based on the vision model will be produced at the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing from 2021 onwards as the latest BMW Group technology flagship, featuring numerous innovations from the future-oriented areas of D-ACES (Design – Automated Driving, Connectivity, Electrification and Services)

| Edited by: Anirudh SK
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