Friday, September 19, 2014

MINI To Launch New Clubman At 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Australia's Car Advice reports the 2015 MINI Clubman will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.  According to the article:
Set to premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show in September next year, the second-generation version of the ‘new’ Mini Clubman will do away with the current car’s cumbersome suicide door layout that the company admits pushed the bounds of reason.

Times Union Reviews The 2014 MINI Cooper S

Dan Lyons reviews the 2014 MINI Cooper S for the Times Union under the caption "MINI 3.0".  Lyons decides, in part:
The latest MINI shows improvements across the board from the former model. A little more room, a little less glitz, a little more power, same distinctive shape.

MINI Thunder VI Registration Is Now Open

Registration for Stormin' Norman's MINI Thunder VI at Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, CA on February 15, 2015 is now open.  Register here on or before February 1, 2015. Run the new, expanded five mile circuit:
The cost is $275 per single driver/single Mini entrant.

For Shared Entries: If you are registering as primary driver with a co-driver, the 1st driver must register using the Shared Mini option and pay the total amount of $400.00, the 2nd or co-driver must also register using the Co-Driver option as a Co-driver at zero cost.. Price includes loads of track time, turn workers, tow-trucks, flaggers, instructors, lunch, & T-shirts.

T-Shirts will be available in sizes small, medium, large, XL, and 2XL, larger shirts (3XL, 4XL, etc) must be purchased in advanced and will be at $20 ea.

This event is for MINI/Mini Coopers only, any model, year, or variation. You will see other makes and models entered. These cars are coaches and will be running in the coaches/race-prep group, NOT with Beg, Int., or Adv.

Spectators are welcome to come out free of charge and see what it is all about.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BRKLYN DESIGN Designs MINI Wraps!

Here is their commercial on the BRKLYN DESIGN TEST CHANNEL @ YouTube:

Report Of A 300 HP AWD MINI In The Offing

autoevolution reports MINI is secretly working on a 300 horsepower all wheel drive MINI based on comments at MotoringFile that:
The new Clubman and Countryman models could get 300 HP 4-cylinder engines in 2015 and 2017, when they are due.

Tyler Palmer Takes Third In 2014 Pirelli World Challenge

According to The Daily Toggle, Tyler Palmer finished third in the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge in the B-spec class. MINI finished behind Honda in the Manufacturer Points Competition. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MINI Expects 1/3 of Hatchback Sales To Come from New Five Door

According to Carscoops:
Mini says two-thirds of the volume supermini sector is made up of five-door models, but in its case, the ratios are reversed, with the three-door Hatch expected to make two-thirds of sales.

A South African Review Of The 2014 MINI Cooper

David Taylor examines the base 2014 MINI Cooper for Cars.co.za and gets this second opinion from Ashley Oldman:
Mini’s new contender feels entirely evolutionary and a bit grown up. It’s lost some of the retro character touches, but has improved in every other aspect. The finishings are more luxurious and the engine more powerful and torquier. It’s still fun and cheerful, but a bit more ‘comfortable shoes’ than ‘brash sneakers’.

DIY: Boot Hatch Auto-Open Modification

The Daily Toggle provides Paul Samuels' step by step tutorial video on how to do this easy mod.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014