We can now finally reveal that our first Mini electric conversion was for MINI themselves. In record time our team tore down, rebuilt and converted this iconic classic with a system that maintains the same weight as the original car but dramatically increases performance. Importantly the fun and the charm remain - we think anyway.
We've had more than 1.5 million views across our social channels following the build, and now you can catch up (and see even more detail) in our YouTube episodes.
If you're only going to watch one thing, watch episode two.
Something that's really difficult to convey in any medium is the 'feel' of a product. For me that's trying to communicate the driving experience of an old car converted to electric.
MINI arranged to get the keys in the hand of a veteran Mini enthusiast. To try and get a somewhat unbiased reaction and opinion. I react too but I'm super biased.
You'll have to watch to see what he thinks. You'll also see time-lapses of the build process and tech details of the installed components.
If you're after even more, check out our first episode, where we share out thoughts on the original drivetrain, remove the internal combustion engine, and thoroughly explore the EV system. To be honest, while episode 1 may not be as exciting as episode 2, it boasts a wealth of technical details.
It was an amazing experience to work directly with MINI - and yes, the classic Mini we converted was built before BMW owned the brand, and the new generation MINI came along, but they really do love and respect the model that started it all.
We got to show Matt Schmidt (the GM of MINI AU/NZ) around the workshop. I think I'm trying to convince him how cool sleeveless denim jackets are in this shot.
Our electric Mini is currently touring the country as part of a series of invite only events to preview the next generation electric MINI. If you've been to one we'd love to know what you think.
Get in touch if you'd like to chat about an electric classic Mini of your own. Or maybe something with square-er lines and no roof....