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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - Run For Absent Friends

NORCAL MINIS will be visiting Mt.Hamilton once again for our annual run in memory of our club's founders. This year we'll also be ...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New MINI Countryman To Be Offered As Hybrid

According to Carscoops:
. . . The most interesting addition to the range though will be the plug-in hybrid version, which according to fresh reports, will combine a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor powering the rear axle. BMW (and therefore Mini) will use their expertise gained from the i model series in this powertrain. Power is expected to reach a combined 240hp, with 136hp from the petrol and another 102hp from the rear-mounted electric motor.

The official debut is expected in October, during the Paris Motor Show, with the JCW and PHEV versions to follow shortly after.

Everything You Want To Know About The Longest, Widest MINI

TFLCar offers an article and this video on the 2016 MINI Clubman:

C|Net Reviews The "Massive MINI"

C|Net reviews the new 2016 MINI Cooper Clubman and commences:
Let's start with a superlative. The 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman is the longest Mini model yet. Stretching to 168.3 inches from nose to tail, it's just over a foot longer than the previous-generation Clubman model. Heck, it's more than 6 inches longer than the Countryman CUV.

But it almost had to be this way. The dimensions of the new Cooper four-door that joined the lineup this generation are so close to the first-generation Clubman, that the new model had to grow significantly to justify its existence. . . .

Monday, February 1, 2016

MINI JCW Team Readies For 2016 IMSA Challenge Series

Straight from BMW Group PressClub USA:

  • 2016 will be the first full season for the team after late start in 2015
  • Driver line-up confirmed plus addition of third car
  • Team hopes to keep momentum following podium finish at season finale
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 28 – MINI USA and LAP MotorSports LLC are gearing up the MINI John Cooper Works Team for the 2016 season of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC), the first full season for the team. The team also today announced the addition of a third car and two new drivers – Ethan Lowe and James Vance. Building on the momentum of the team’s first podium at the season finale at Road Atlanta last year and a solid performance during three days of testing at The Roar Before the 24 , the team is hopeful for more podium finishes during the 2016 season. The season kicks-off this Friday, January 29th, at Daytona International Speedway .

The Indianapolis-based MINI John Cooper Works team owned and operated by racing veteran Luis Perocarpi will return this year with drivers Mat Pombo and Derek Jones. The racing duo, who brought MINI JCW its first podium finish at Road Atlanta last year, will return in MINI JCW #73. This year they’ll be back in the car for the entire season of CTSCC battles. Also joining the team with Mat and Derek is Ramin Abdolvahabi, who drove MINI #52 during the last half of 2015.

Newby James Vance will be joining the MINI JCW Team this year. A very quick, young driver from the U.K. by way of Canada, he drove Karts for seven years and competed in SCCA Mazda MX-5 Cup in 2013 with best finishes of second at Road Atlanta and fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Ethan Low comes off a stellar rookie season in 2015 that saw him finish sixth overall in the Street Tuner class, including two forth place finishes and five top tens. Low was the top finishing rookie closing driver in last year’s field. Low returns to Daytona where he made his first career start in the series qualifying sixth in last year’s BMW Performance 200.

The team will compete with a fleet of production-derived MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop race cars closely related to the John Cooper Works Hardtops that are currently on sale at MINI dealerships across the U.S.

With a super-wide stance, ultra-rigid body and incredibly precise handling, MINI has a long history in motorsports and has always felt right at home on the track. Ever since John Cooper first recognized the racing potential of the classic Mini in the early 1960s, his name has stood for success and performance on the race track
with MINI.

For a full schedule of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series, please visit IMSA.com . To follow the team during the race on Friday, January 29th go to IMSA.com or download the IMSA app. Follow #37, #52 and #73 while they compete in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge! Green Flag is scheduled for 1:45PM. . . .

MINI USA Teases "Defy Labels" Superbowl Commercial


The Telegraph Reviews The New MINI Clubman

U.K.'s The Telegraph offers its review of the new MINI Clubman and this overall verdict:
The verdict 8/10

In most ways the Clubman does a successful job of expanding the Mini’s appeal into a bigger, more family oriented car that’s still fun and frugal to drive. However, those unconventional boot doors are a gimmick , and it’s expensive compared with many rivals.

Friday, January 29, 2016

MINI Reveals 2016 MINI JCW Convertible

Car posts information on the new release scheduled to be at the 2016 New York Auto Show in March:
The Mini John Cooper Works is a rocket-powered rollerskate, adding a dollop of extra power (and extra grilles) to the already speedy Cooper S.

Now Mini’s chopped the JCW’s roof off, creating a suitably over-the-top range-topper for the newly introduced Mk3 Convertible family . . . .

Perfect Shoes For The MINI Driver

BMWBlog says these are the shoes for MINI drivers and tells why,The Concepts x Nike Free Trainer 1.0 Thermal.

". . . Are You Having Fun Yet?

". . .of course, yes" is the proper response according to a review of the MINI JCW in theguardian.