Today, Formula E unveiled the NXT Gen Cup, an electric MINI based racing series that will travel the world to support Formula E. The series will include male and female drivers with an aims to foster the growth of emerging talent in an innovative electric format. Perhaps more importantly the car car will be based entirely on MINI Cooper SE.

The NXT Gen Cup is set to headline all four European race events of Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, spanning Misano, Monaco, Berlin, and concluding in London for the season finale.

Subject to final FIA approval, the NXT Gen Cup’s first appearance in the Formula E paddock will kick off in Misano, Italy, on the 13th and 14th April marking the start of the World Championship’s European tour and the first time it has raced at the World Circuit.

The MINI Cooper SE Race Car

While we don’t have confirmation, we expect this race car will be based on the F56 Cooper SE given the timing and specs that we’ve seen. The cars will be designed and engineered by Lestrup Racing Team. Weighing in at 1150kg, the Cooper SE will have 180bhp and pack an additional 60bhp during push-to-pass moments. This extra power comes from a 30kWh battery and an 800 V system.

Other notable features include regenerative braking, adjustable ?hlins shock absorbers, and Hankook Semi-slick all-weather tires. With 20 race cars meticulously constructed for the series, each driver will equal equipment creating a level playing field and close racing. Charging operations will be managed in collaboration with ABB E-Mobility, the Official charging partner of the NXT Gen Cup.