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Monday, March 30, 2015

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Takes On Laguna Seca

Carscoops recounts the recent story in an article that reports:
Mazda and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile people staged a stunt in Monterey, Calif. at the raceway, getting the "fast food" on two laps of the track . . .

Technology Tell Reviews The 2015 MINI Cooper S

Calling it a "Mighty Mite" Technology Tell reviews the 2015 MINI Cooper S. It concludes, in part:
Instead of the 1.6-liter mill in the other MINI Cooper, this one has a 2.0 liter BMW-sourced turbo pushing out 189 horsepower and 207 ft-lbs of torque. That’s pretty darn respectable in a package that is supposed to achieve 38 MPG on the highway.

We’ll get into the feature set later in the week, but unfortunately you do not get the world’s largest speedometer in the center of the dash in a MINI anymore. Instead, the speedometer is placed in front of you with a few ancillary gauges, and the center is now dominated by the new MINI infotainment system. However, surrounding the infotainment is the wonderfully cheeky — and sometimes distracting — cluster of LED lights. The binnacle can act as a tachometer, a volume-setting reminder, or to tell you what driving mode you are in.

Give us a day to let it sink in, and we’ll get to talking about how it all works. One thing we can say: It is nice to have the go-kart handling stay with the vehicle, especially in this latest iteration.

Friday, March 27, 2015

MINIs Now Sold Almost Everywhere

abc.az carries a press release on the opening of the first MINI Showroom in Baku, MINI Baku, Azerbaijan.

The MINI Police

mab01uk @ MINI 2 reports that East Sussex, Brighton and Hove in the UK are now testing MINIs as part of their policing efforts.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Let It Slide


New MINI Clubman To Feature Air Curtain Technology

MotoringFile reports the new Clubman will have "patented BMW aero technology called 'Air Curtain.'" It purportedly works "[t]ogether with the “Air Breather” [so] the system reduces drag on the bodyshell in a very simple, but extremely effective way."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1964 Mini Out To Break Bonneville Salt Flats Record

New Zealand's The Press covers the story of Nelson, New Zealand car restorers Guy Griffith and Garry Orton and their 1964 1000cc, 300-horse power Mini Cooper, driven by Nelson Hartley, who are out to beat their own Bonneville Salt Flats speed record of nearly 235 kmh (146 mph) set in 2012.

No MINI Minor

Automobile Magazine discounts all of the reports of a BMW-Toyota plan to market a Rocketman as a MINI Minor based on a BMW Board Member's direct statement. It reports, in relevant part:
Mini does not currently plan to launch a smaller model below the Cooper, potentially called the Minor, BMW board member for Mini Peter Schwarzenbauer told Automotive News. "I don’t see a smaller car than the current one," he said.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tony Lynch Returns To MSA British Rallycross Championship

According to TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk:
Tony Lynch enjoyed a good weekend on his return to the MSA British Rallycross Championship in the MSA SuperNational class Team Geriatric Mini Cooper S.

In the buildup to the 2015 season, Lynch and the team have been working on a development programme for the MINI Cooper and the installing of a new suspension yeilded positive results at Croft for Round One of the British Rallycross SuperNational class of the championship. . . . .

Second Attempt To Break MINI World Record

BMW Group PressClub USA announces:
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 19, 2015… MINI USA and MINI of Grand Rapids with the help of the St. Ignace Events Committee are calling all MINI owners to gather in St. Ignace, MI, this summer for a second attempt at the record for the world’s largest parade of MINI Cooper cars. Registration for the August 1st parade across Michigan’s iconic 26,372 feet long, 500 feet high Mackinac Bridge is now official open. MINI owners interested in joining the fun can register at MINIONTHEMACK.com. 
The current record of 1,450 MINIs in a parade was first set in 2009 by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club, which filled the historic 2-mile auto racing circuit around the famous Crystal Palace Park in the UK’s capital city. History will be made again if more MINIs join together in Mackinaw City and motor north along Interstate 75 to complete a mass crossing of the Mackinac Bridge – where the official car count will be made.
“Last summer thousands of MINI owners joined us for an epic 5,000-mile rally across the U.S. during MINI TAKES THE STATES so we are really excited to see how many owners and friends join us this summer for MINI on the Mack,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “We anticipate the MINI community will gather in full force to once again cross the iconic Mackinac Bridge and try to break the world record!”
 
Originally conceived in 2013 by the local MINI dealer in Grand Rapids, the event quickly become part of MINI folklore as owners from all across the U.S. started motoring into town. 
“We knew pretty quickly that we had built something special as soon as we started seeing MINIs with license plates from all over the country motoring through our city,” said George Sharpe Jr., CFO for The Sharpe Collection, owner of MINI of Grand Rapids. “This year, with the help of MINI USA, we hope to break that record and solidify a place in the MINI history books…that maybe we can break again someday!”
Upon completion of the bridge crossing, the MINI community will gather at Little Bear East Arena, in St. Ignace for lunch, entertainment and prizes. After lunch, MINI owners are encouraged to attend the Bayside Music Festival in downtown St. Ignace for a night of music, drinks and food. Don’t forget to stay for the fireworks at dusk!
 
To become part of the biggest-ever MINI parade, owners should register at www.minionthemack.com to secure their spot at the event and purchase commemorative t-shirts. The registration fee (Adults $25 – Children $15), covers bridge crossing toll, event set-up, mementos, lunch, music, shuttle service in St. Ignace and entrance to the Bayside Music Festival.