The 13-mile long Nürburgring-Nordschleife is one of the most treacherous race tracks in the world, even on the best of days. Taking it on in the fog seems like a recipe for disaster. Nonetheless, that's exactly what a BMW engineering team did recently with a very special edition of the Mini E. The team took one of the battery-powered Minis, applied some weight reduction measures to the body and then installed the usual array of racing bits – new tires, brakes and a rollcage.
The electric powertrain underwent some recalibration, likely to tone down the Mini E's overly aggressive regenerative brakes, before ex-DTM race driver Thomas Jäger took to the 'Ring. Jäger managed to set a reasonably respectable lap time of 9 minutes, 51.45 seconds with a maximum speed of 116.2 miles per hour. No word from BMW on how much juice remained in the battery at the end of the lap. Check out a highlight real of the lap after the jump.