Following sixty continuous years of success the classic Mini has once again been reincarnated by Swind, a British technology company, and is set to ruffle a few feathers at the London Classic Car Show 14-17 February 2019.
Those who are lucky enough to remember the classic Mini will recall a story earlier surrounding the classic Mini Electric, which combined the historic look of the world’s favourite small car with a modern drive technology suited to the modern day urban mobility.
Swind E Classic Mini
Similar to the Mini Electric, Swind’s E Classic Mini combines a fully-restored body and the usual bespoke powertrain, which has been developed by industry leaders Swindon Powertrain.
Whilst retaining the ‘classic’ look and feel of its popular brotherly thoroughbred, the E Classic Mini promises to embrace innovative zero local emission technology.
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Lucrative Classic EV Trend
The lucrative classic EV trend has gathered momentum lately with a whole range of projects being developed, such as the RBW MGB recreation and the very smart Mini Remastered. Both extremely pricey with the latter costing around an eye-watering 90K. That does include some well designed badges and bright-work to claw back some much needed integrity that classic lovers seem to cherish more than their own siblings.
Production of the E Classic Mini will be at the company’s firm’s recently-upgraded facility in Wiltshire and will combine cutting-edge expertise with classic design. An 80K motor with a single transmission looks to bring a responsive feel and a smooth power output, without incurring the hefty congestion charge fees.
Available in both left and right-hand-drive variants, the limited production will build an initial 100 cars, which start at (hold your breath once again) a sniff under £80K. The cars arrive with an unlimited mileage package and of course the obligatory single year’s MOT.
- Lithium Ion battery containing 24kWh of energy and electric motor producing 80kw of power (the equivalent of 110bhp)
- Fully charged in four hours via a female Type 2 connector (Fast charging option available)
- Range of 125 miles (200km) with regenerative braking system
- Top speed is 80mph (130km/h)
- 0 to 60mph (0-100km/h) in 9.2 seconds
- 30-50mph (50- 80 km/h) acceleration time of 4.3 seconds helps the Mini offer punchy overtaking
- GVW of 720kg (an increase of 80kg from starter car)
- Improved weight distribution (57 per cent/43 per cent compared to 68 per cent/32 per cent of the original car)
- With the petrol tank no longer required, boot space is increased to 200 litres
- Standard features include USB charging ports, underfloor heating, heated leather seats and front and rear windscreen
- Options include infotainment and sat-nav system, power steering, a full-length sliding fabric roof, air conditioning, performance tuning packs and bespoke paint colours
- Choice of six standard colours with a contrasting roof
Swindon Powertrain’s managing director Raphael Caillé, said:
“This is the first time an electrified classic Mini has entered production. There have been one-offs and prototypes before, but Swind is the first company to launch such a car to the public. The classic Mini has such a special place in people’s hearts, not only in the UK but around the world. The packaging of Sir Alec Issigonis’ 1959 design was truly ground-breaking and now we are making it relevant again. Its compact size and good visibility, together with contemporary performance and handling, makes it a car you’ll want to drive in the city and put a smile on your face.”
Would you buy one, or indeed any classic electric vehicle?