Thursday, July 2, 2015
Presented by Auto Express’ editor-in-chief at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms, the MINI Hatch resisted stiff competition to retain its position as the best Premium Small Car on the market, one year after the car was crowned Auto Express Car of the Year 2014.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Daily Toggle:
According to Taipei Times, 43 year-old Liang Nai-yuan has turned his yard into a bit of an attraction after building a Transformer out of MINI Cooper parts.
The landscape artist started five years ago when he set out to create Optimus Prime as a birthday gift for his son out of old car parts. Since, he has added Bumblebee, Iron Man made from MINI Cooper parts, and about 100 other robots, all built out of recycled car parts. . . .
MotoringFile looks closely at the 2015 MINI JCW. It prefaces its review, in part:
The 2015 MINI JCW is arriving at dealers as we speak and on paper it’s exactly what we at MF have hoped for since the brand’s inception. From the early years as a bolt-on kit to the never fully realized R56 JCW, the brand has had plenty of promise but never quite a cohesive statement (outside of the limited edition GPs). However the F56 JCW marks the brand’s first car that might just fulfill the brand’s promise. The only question left in our mind is if it goes far enough? That’s a question we won’t have an answer to until we get behind the wheel for a full test this summer. . . .
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
DPCCars features this MINI Clubman S by Mac Audio. Check ot the photo gallery. In addition to exterior design mods and upgrades, the Mac MINI:
. . . Programmable computerized power amps (3 pcs.) with digital sound processor and Mac Audio Reference 2.1 DSP to feed the subwoofer and to “drive” the front and rear speaker systems. Apropos loudspeakers – here are Mac Audio Star X 2.16 in action, each two in front and in rear. The powerful performing of deep frequencies is being made by two Mac Audio STX 12 Reference subwoofers in the same time. The complicated sound system is commanded by Audiovox VXE 7020 NAV head unit, the music comes from the Audiovox DAB+100 module or from the incorporated into the speedometer iPod Nano. In order to prevent to damage the precious Showcar when driving backward, there has been integrated a rear view camera into the Audiovox RVC 1.
Of course, the system demands high quality wiring and reliable power supply. In this case, the decision was made in favor of Stinger Power cables and a supplementary SP 1000 battery and two Mac Audio Cap 1.2 Farad condensers – this way, voltage peaks at maximal jumps of level and dynamics can be cut in a confident way. The necessary car insulation is assured by means of Dynamat Xtreme. Such a voluminous installation demands diverse special car conversions, for that, driver and passengers can intensively feel the mighty sound backdrop inside the Mini Clubman S. . . . .
In the Italian Baja, the MINI ALL4 Racing built by X-raid secured its fifth consecutive triumph, with Nasser Al-Attiyah and his navigator Mathieu Baumel crossing the finish line of the three-day event as the winners. At the end of the five special stages and a total distance of some 350 kilometres, the driver from Qatar clinched the win with a 1:24-minute lead over the second-placed driver and closed his gap to the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup leader by 14 points.
The Daily Toggle reports the buyback program is because:
. . . MINI wants to reuse the R50 chassis. The move is unprecedented, or as MINI executives keep insisting, NOT NORMAL. MINI plans to reuse old R50 chassis as the platform of a new model.According to the article:
BMW board member Dr. Otto von Jürgens-Übermorgen presented the program in a press conference today [6/23/2015]. He was short on details.
“MINI will be building the much-anticipated MINI Rocketman using the chassis of used R50 MINI Coopers. The production car will be called the MINI Minor 50 in homage to the R50s sacrificed to build it. While it won’t be as small as the original Rocketman Concept vehicle, we found MINI fans were just as happy to have a MINI as small as the first Cooper again.”
Monday, June 29, 2015
The Sun reports, in part:
A CURVY mum survived a horror car smash – thanks to her gigantic 38JJ boobs.
Sarah Foster, 28, bounced safely off the windscreen when a Mini Cooper ploughed into her as she smoked a fag in a lay-by.
Her massive boobs smashed the windscreen but she escaped without a single broken bone. . . .According to the article they acted as airbags. Go to the article for commentary and a video interview with Sarah.