Replacing the conventional mechanical connection to the engine’s throttle valve, all MINIs deploy a cable-free, fully electronic system (often referred to as “E-gas”) that connects the gas pedal to the central computer that controls all engine functions. This Engine Control Unit (ECU) then determines the most efficient fuel and air supply for the current motoring conditions, delivering optimum fuel quantity for maximum power and efficiency. The benefits of E-gas are subtle, but significant. The system constantly calculates and controls the optimum fuel quantity for maximum power and efficiency. And while drivers hardly notice this process, they will thankfully notice the very fine control they have over the engine, in particular when driving slowly or in stop-and-go traffic. One more noticeable benefit is the relatively low noise levels: the lack of any mechanical cable between the gas pedal and throttle valve greatly minimizes vibrations and subsequent noise often found among rivals in our segment.