Nice Video Mike!
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August's run is a joint run with our friends in Silicon Valley Club, co-hosted by James Schenck (SVM) & Simon Tidesley (NorCal MINI...
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Meet Michael Mancini. Mike is a businessman from Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland. Mike was penalized the equivalent of about $100, and received three penalty points after leaning over and pulling out a paper handkerchief to wipe his nose when stuck in in traffic on the Ayr High Street. After his arrest he decided to give the Strathclyde Police the opportunity to drop the case, but, they did not, and last week the local procurator fiscal reaffirmed a determination to proceed with the case. So you may think this is funny but it's snot!
. . . with "behind-the-scenes" and "making of" footage -
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At least we know the windshield wipers still work.
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The USAF has come up with the "Car Stopper," a device that disables a vehicle's electronic devices, rendering the vehicle immobile in under one second (so long as the car was made after the mid-1970's). Here is a Popular Science video of the technology in action.
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New York artist Jeremy Dean, inspired reading about horse-drawn "Hoover carts" made during the Depression from old car bodies, cut up a perfectly good H2 and a Cadillac Escalade, to make them into horse-drawn carriages. Check out the deconstruction of the Hummer.
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BMW Group has won seven awards from one of the UK’s leading fleet publications, BusinessCar. The Magazine bestowed BMW with ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ and ‘Environmental Award of the Year’ in addition to five other product specific awards. MINI was awarded "Supermini of the Year" honors.
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The Auto Channel reports that the Sunnyvale, CA based business, ResponseLogix, Inc., the leading provider of automotive digital response management software for internet leads, based on a customer survey, predicts internet sales to make up a higher percentage of total dealership sales. Half of the dealerships surveyed expect internet sales to represent more than 30 percent of their total car sales this year.
The UC Davis study results of 57 drivers, combined with updates continually provided from the log books of all 450 users show the following:* The range of about 100 miles is sufficient for most daily needs
* Charging at home provides enough energy for most daily driving* Demand for additional charging is centered on the place of work, or where sufficient time is spent during the day (shopping centers, stadiums, etc.)
* Driving the MINI E is a delightful experience and there is no sacrifice of “real car” values
* Unmet demands focus on having enough space for four passengers and more cargo to stimulate even more use of an electric vehicle
MotoringFile is running a contest to design your own MINI Rail accessory with the grand prize being a copy of the new MINI Design Book signed by MINI Design head Gert Hildebrand.
Here are the rules:
1. Come up with the idea.
2. Post your idea in the comment section here (a sketch or even a YouTube video explaining or a very detailed description will help.)
3. After 30 days MotoringFile will send the ideas to the MINI Design team and they’ll pick the winner.
Made from a Honda CBR 600 motorcycle engine swap.
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5.0 mustang for TRADE for cannibis - $4000 (bay area)[Source: via Jalopnik]
hello, i would like to trade my 5.0 mustang for 2 pounds of marijuana.. NO LESS NO MORE. 454 grams. its clean titled good and reliable runnin real strong. this is a serious offer. i have a leg pain that wont go away without marijuana and doctors will not prescribe me a cannibis card.. please help me out. this is a serious ad and i have pictures. e-mail me and i will e-mail you back asap. i am not the police or narco or undercover.. i can meet in a location of your choice.
The weather report for Saturday's Elephant Seal Run calls for a 24 hour break in the storms. Expect the tour path to and from the beach to be rather sandy and soggy. Please bring a jacket, hat, a towel and a change of shoes if you do not want to muck up the foot wells of your MINI.
California continues to be inundated with El Nino storms. Southern California has experienced areas of massive flooding. If you don't have to drive you shouldn't. But, if you do you might not want to drive through flooded areas, like these people and the MINI going in the opposite direction.
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At the end of 2010 California’s hybrid owners will no longer be able to drive in the HOV lane as a single-occupancy vehicle and hybrid owners are angry about it according to The Truth About Cars.
One of MINI's new technologies is the "center rail" found on the Countryman and Beachcomber Concept. The rail allows for different plug-in components depending on your needs from an arm rest to an iPhone holder and beyond. Here, let The MINI Design Team explain it:
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By now you know Conan O'Brien is losing his Tonight Show gig due to Jay Leno's ego and NBC's avarice. However, Conan is not going down without putting it to the man. Here he is with a $1.5 Million Bugatti Veyron for a "new" continuing Tonight Show gag. Of course, he used NBC's checkbook. What are they going to do - fire him?
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If you would have asked me two years ago what I thought about the idea of MINI building a crossover, I would have told you it’s bad idea that’s bound to backfire with the coming efficiency regulations and certain changes in consumer’s tastes. Yet here we are two years later looking at an exceptionally designed car that is easily the most exciting thing MINI has done in years. Stretching the MINI brand into this ultra competitive market was clearly a risk. But in our minds they have succeeded on paper at almost every level. Now all that’s left to do is drive it.
Fun has no Limits: The MINI Countryman*. (* The name of the car may vary in some markets.)
MINI is adding a fourth model to the family, opening up a new dimension of that unmistakable MINI feeling. As a genuine Crossover, the MINI Countryman bridges the gap between the classic concept of the MINI and a modern Sports Activity Vehicle. Boasting enhanced opportunities in urban mobility and beyond, the MINI Countryman offers that unique driving pleasure so typical of MINI to new target groups requiring extra space and flexibility. As the first model in the MINI range with four doors and a wide-opening rear lid, the MINI Countryman provides even greater freedom of space for truly versatile use, a slightly elevated seating position, and optimized driving comfort. Full integration of the passengers within the vehicle creates that driving experience so typical of MINI. And at the same time the MINI Countryman maintains that go-kart feeling likewise so characteristic of MINI, optional MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive offering an additional highlight for the genuine connoisseur. In a nutshell, therefore, the MINI Countryman offers all the characteristic features of the brand in terms of design, premium quality, handling, efficiency and customisation in new, fascinating style.
The MINI Countryman carries on the design of the brand in superior style and quality, combining larger body dimensions, greater ground clearance and four doors at the side with those unmistakable design features so characteristic of MINI. Short overhangs, a high window line, powerful stance on the wheels, and window graphics extending round the entire car create those unique proportions so typical of MINI. At the same time the MINI Countryman re-interprets the characteristic icons of a MINI such as the roofline, the hexagon radiator grille, the large headlights integrated in the engine lid, the surrounds on the side direction indicators, the voluminous wheel arches and the upright rear light clusters in new style and class.
Proceeding from that design language so typical of MINI, the MINI Countryman authentically visualises the particular features of this very special car. Positioned almost upright, the front end bears out strong presence and serves to optimise pedestrian safety. The extra space within the car, in turn, is emphasised by extra-large windows, the introduction of four doors, and the individual shape of the roof. The particularly wide frame around the lower part of the body and the powerfully flared wheel arches highlight the robust character of the car and its all-wheel drive. With that typical MINI style now being conveyed to a new segment in absolute clarity and precision, the MINI Countryman stands out from the start as a brand-new, highly innovative model but is nevertheless clearly identifiable from the very beginning as a genuine MINI.
Within the interior again typical of the brand, the MINI Countryman boasts innovative design and function elements throughout. The slightly elevated seating position guarantees comfortable and pleasant access to the car, optimises the driver's all-round view, and underlines the powerful character of this new model. The Central Display and air vents are surrounded by coloured rings. The MINI Center Rail quite unique the world over, extending from front to rear instead of a conventional centre console, opens up new, individual options for integrating all kinds of storage boxes, cupholders, external audio devices, mobile telephones and other comfort features. Flexibly positioned clip-in elements enable the driver and passengers to subdivide the storage boxes individually as required, keeping travel utensils within easy reach, wherever they are required. At the same time the Center Rail forms an unconventional, visual and functional connection between the front seats and the rear passenger compartment.
The MINI Countryman comes as standard with four seats, while a three-seat bench is available as a no-cost option. The interior offers superior comfort also on long distances, with generous legroom, headroom and shoulder freedom. The rear seats move fore-and-aft either individually or in a 60 : 40 (three-seat bench) split, the backrests may be tilted for angle either individually or in a 40 : 20 : 40 (three-seat bench) arrangement, increasing capacity in the luggage compartment from 350 to 1,170 litres (12.2–41.0 cu ft).
The MINI Countryman is entering the market with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, all coming in the new generation of power units developed with the full know-how of the BMW Group and naturally complying with the EU5 and, respectively, ULEV II emission standards. The power range extends from 66 kW/90 hp in the MINI One D Countryman all the way to 135 kW/184 hp in the MINI Cooper S Countryman. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the top model comes for the first time not only with a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection, but also with fully variable valve management offering by far the best balance of engine power and fuel consumption in its class. As a particular highlight of the MINIMALISM fuel efficiency concept, the MINI Countryman comes as standard and in appropriate combinations on each model with a wide range of features serving to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, among them Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop, a gearshift point indicator, and on-demand management of the engine's ancillary units. And as an alternative to the six-speed manual gearbox featured as standard, the petrol engine models are also available with six-speed automatic complete with Steptronic.
As an option the MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman are available with permanent MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive, an electrohydraulic differential positioned directly on the final drive varying the distribution from front to rear in an infinite process. Under normal driving conditions up to 50 per cent of the engine's power goes to the rear wheels, under extreme conditions up to 100 per cent, offering a new, high-traction rendition of that agile handling so typical of MINI. This superior traction and drivetrain technology is based on the top-end suspension of the MINI including features such as the front axle with McPherson spring struts and forged track control arms, the multi-arm rear axle and EPS Electric Power Steering complete with Servotronic. The MINI Countryman furthermore comes as standard with DSC Dynamic Stability Control, DTC Dynamic Traction Control coming either as an option or as a standard feature on the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper D Countryman with ALL4, as well as an electronic limited-slip function for the front axle differential.
Designed for optimum safety in the event of a collision, the body structure with its precisely defined load paths and deformation zones ensures passive safety of the highest calibre. Frontal and side airbags as well as curtain airbags at the side both front and rear, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats, belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters at the front, as well as ISOFIX child seat fastenings at the rear all come as standard. Yet another standard feature is the Tyre Defect Indicator, with runflat tyres coming as an option and standard on the MINI Cooper S Countryman with ALL4.
The wide range of customisation options on both the exterior and interior again so typical of MINI are supplemented by new, model-specific features exclusive to the MINI Countryman. New combinations in the range of interior colours, trim strips and upholstery enable even the most discerning customer to create his – or her – very special car with truly unique character. The wide range of standard features boasted by the MINI Countryman includes highlights such as air conditioning, the MINI Center Rail, and an audio system complete with a CD player. The equally wide range of options and special equipment tailored to each model comes with features such as high-end audio and navigation systems as well as mobile telephone interfaces including the option to completely integrate an Apple iPhone and other Smartphones in the car. Further options are the extra-large Panorama roof, Adaptive Headlights in combination with xenon headlight units, a heated windscreen, a towbar, light-alloy wheels ranging in size from 16 to 19 inches, sports suspension lowering the entire car by 10 millimetres or almost 0.4", as well as the wide range of John Cooper Works Performance Components.