Four Wheel Drive Cooper S Proves 10% Faster in
A four wheel drive Mini Cooper S outfitted by
Getrag is 10% faster than a standard
Cooper S. The system is
actually more of a rear-wheel set-up that puts power to the front wheels
if the electronic control system senses a loss of traction.
who currently produces the gearboxes for the MINI range, has developed and
tested their own 4x4 MINI Cooper S, and have seen great results, including
showing that the 4x4 MINI is 10% faster than the traditional two wheel drive
The system is not a permanent four wheel drive
system, but is primarily rear wheel drive, with power shifted to the
front wheels if the electronic control system senses a loss of traction at
The power of the all-wheel drive MINI is not
divided evenly over all wheels. Most of the power is sent initially to the
rear wheels. However once the system senses a loss of traction, the power
is distributed more evenly to the front wheels. On the test track the
all-wheel drive MINI appeared 10 per cent faster than the standard front
wheel drive car.
It is unclear if BMW will actually produce this car (or a version of it), but it seems
when Getrag showed BMW their work they were "interested" to see the
development. While the
prototype was created solely by Getrag, execs at BMW appear to be
closely following the development. BMW development leader Burkhard Goschel has
already ridden in the prototype and, according to Getrag, was “impressed”.