In this wrap-up episode of the Mini Cooper SE EV series, Sandy is back and starts off giving his two cents on how he sees this vehicle. Sandy also reminds the audience that while we do benchmarking and costing, Munro started off and continues to be a product design innovation factory. Specifically speaks on the transitional look and build of the Mini when we worked on it in the early 2000s, but more to come on that at the end of the video.
First off, the lines of the car are what you would expect from an updated Mini look with the same with roughly the same gaps you would find on a BMW, although Sandy finds a few that he is surprised about. That being said Sandy likes the beauty and style gaps and tricks that the Mini Cooper SE EV pulls off in it’s design.
Sandy especially likes the scoop for the wheel, the lay-down and adjustable rear seats providing more trunk carrying space, and the Union Jack found in the rear light lenses.
Moving on to what is under the bonnet, Sandy shows visible shock as he sees the faux motor cover and underneath it the steel weldment that we, at Munro, have never seen on any other vehicle… ever. Sandy at this point was looking at the vehicle freshly and no one had informed him on what we found in our previous videos. Sandy then imparts some war wisdom along with war stories from the past, ever still shocked at what he has found under the hood and what he might find in the batteries or other systems we didn’t pull apart.
Sandy moves on to trying out sitting in the vehicle and looks at the interiors, instrument panel, and infotainment system. He also talks a lot of the
The truly interesting part of this video however, comes when Sandy imparts a lot of information from the past of how we worked on redesign of the Mini when they were acquired through BMW in the past (which also involved Land Rover). We first first did work on the Land Rover products which were a great success which lead us onto the Mini redesign group. We made some major changes from Sir Alec Issigonis original look and design resulting in a massive savings and safety increase to the Minis in the early 2000s.
But to learn more about that history and to watch Sandy’s reactions, you will have to watch the video below: