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Squirrel Plays Chicken With A Racing Lamborghini

[Source: socalspeedzone@YouTube]

MotorAuthority Reviews The 2011 MINI Cooper Clubman

Viknesh Vijayenthiran in his review of the 2011 MINI Cooper Clubman for MotorAuthority says:
We strongly recommend you get a turbo model--Clubman S or Clubman JCW--as the increased level of performance is very noticeable and simply so much fun. The same can be said for the difference between the standard manual transmission and available auto.
He then refers the reader to TheCarConnection for a thorough review. TheCarConnection gave the Clubman an overall rating of 8 out of a possible 10.

Lose Your Licence And You're Screwed

The Australian Motor Accident Commission commissioned a series of clever video public service announcements  for its campaign "Lose Your Licence and You're Screwed" of some of the consequences of losing your driver's license in order to promote safe driving. Here are a three of them via The Car Connection:

CoverEFX Gives The R53 A Little Love

German tuning house CoverEFX has a new package for the MINI Cooper S Mk1 (R53) that includes, on the outside, a flat gunmetal grey vinyl wrap for the body contrasted by an orange colored roof and front fenders as well as the glossy black trim for the aero package and body trim; smoked out lights; and 17-inch multispoke alloy wheels in black with an orange rim. The MINI's 1.6-liter turbocharged engine is boosted to 240-horsepower are sits on a lowered sports suspension. The total cost of the package is about $11,400 US.

[Source: Carscoop]

Manual Up

MINI has the highest manual take rate percentage of any auto brand that is not strictly a sports car manufacturer. According to MarketingDaily:
Thomas Salkowsky, manager of Mini brand marketing, says that in spite of an increasingly clutch-free world, about 34% of buyers of the Clubman, the Mini Cooper convertible and the hard top buy the manual version, and that even for the AWD version of the Countryman, Mini's answer for a crossover, the manual take rate is about 30%. In New England, according to Salkowsky, it's a 50/50 split between auto and manual, and even in highway-bound L.A. it's about 15%. That's a huge percentage, given the national average. AOL Auto's editor, Kirk Seaman, wrote last year that back in 1985 22.4% of all vehicles sold in the U.S. came with a manual transmission. By 2007, it was 7.7%. AOL Autos says last year it was about 5.5%.
To capitalize on this lead in manual transmission sales MINI has recently launched a new marketing campaign - "Manualhood." The campaign touts rowing your own gears complete with car stickers that tell passers-by that the vehicle has a stick. There will also be posters and car toppers; a "Manualhood" Motoring Manual; a phone number, 855-Manual-Up (as in "man up") with a humorous message about what it means to be in the 'hood; and MINI dealerships will have a manual-shift car set aside for test drives with "Manual Up" signage.

Nine Countries In A MINI On One Tank Of Fuel

The Sydney Morning Herald grabbed a MINI Cooper D in Brennero, Italy and traveled through Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belguim and Denmark all on one tank of diesel.

Read about the adventure here at stuff.co.nz.

MINIs Rip Up First Leg Of Rally Finland

After day one and three stages of Rally Finland Dani Sordo (ES) and Carlos de Barrio (ES) of the MINI WRC Team sat sixth overall in the number 37 MINI John Cooper Works WRC while Kris Meeke (GB) and Paul Nagle (IR) were ninth in number 52. The Brazilian WRT Rally Team using a MINI John Cooper Works WRC driven by Daniel Oliveira was in 38th place.

Frenchman Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) is leading the rally with a 2.8s. difference over his team-mate and countryman Sebastien Ogier (Citroen).

[Sources: Motorsport.com/Motorsport.com]

MCS Called "A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing"

Jung Seung-hyun writes for the Korean JoongAng Daily after a test drive of the MINI Cooper S. He concludes, in part:
On the highway, the MINI Cooper S’ sports button was useful, as it made the vehicle more powerful. Reaching over 180 kilometers per hour (111.8 miles per hour) was easily done, but the vehicle was a bit hesitant to go north of 190. Still, the MINI was a satisfying drive, fast or slow.

The current two door MINI Cooper lineup, which includes the MINI Cooper SE, MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S, ranges from 30.5 million won ($29,000) to 40.1 million won. If you’re looking for more excitement in your drive, the MINI may be a good pick for you. And as the MINI slogan goes, “Please do not tease or annoy the MINI.”

Welcome New Member Ryan Gangemi And RGMW

Say hello to Ryan Gangemi, one our newest NorCal MINIs members. Ryan is President of Ryan Gangemi Motorworks (RGMW) located at 1905 Dry Creek Rd., No. 7, Auburn, CA 95602, Tel. No. (530) 305-2499. RGMW has a certified BMW Master Technician, ASE Master Technician and licensed Smog Tech. They only work on BMWs and MINIs. Services include everything from engine swaps, complete maintenance and repair, mobile glass repair to mobile paintless dent repair. RGMW also preps cars for racing and sells racing parts. It also offers free vehicle inspections to first time customers.

We are pleased to announce that NorCal MINIs Members will a receive 15% discount off labor at RGMW. Details will be available in the NorCal MINIs Google Group.  Thank you Ryan and RGMW!

MINI Countryman Has APEAL

[Photo Credit: Auto Atlantic MINI]
BMW Group PressClub USA has issued a press release that advises that J.D. Power in its latest customer survey – the Automotive Performance and Layout Study (APEAL) – that assesses satisfaction levels among North American new car buyers, gave the BMW 5 Series range, BMW X3, BMW Z4 and MINI Countryman first place in their respective vehicle segments. The MINI Cooper hatchback came in second in its segment.

A Visit To The AC Schnitzer Factory

GTSpirit visited the AC Schnitzer Factory, the world's largest BMW and MINI tuner as well as a worldwide leading supplier for special BMW and MINI parts. On AC Schnitzer's premises are dealerships for BMW, MINI, Ranger Rover, Opel, Harley Davidson and BMW motorcycles; an enormous workshop, paint shop, washing street, dyno and a photo studio.There is also a in-house gourmet restaurant “kohlibri” above the main office.

During GTSpirit's visit the fastest MINI Cooper JCW, called the Eagle, was displayed in the main showroom. It is powered by the same engine as the John Cooper Works and is able to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 250km/h. A new ECU, modified turbo, intercooler, and a stainless steel exhaust system with racing catalyst provide the additional power. AC Schnitzer also fitted a sport clutch, a limited slip differential, a lightweight ion battery, a racing suspension and anti-roll bars. The aerodynamics package includes a new bonnet, boot lid, rear diffuser, new wings, new doors, and a rear spoiler all made from carbon fiber reducing the weight of the car.

Washing Cars For Vladimir Putin

Known as "Putin's Army" is a group of self-proclaimed "young and beautiful" Russian girls who will do just about anything to get Valdimir Putin back into the Kremlin next year including cleaning cars dressed in bikinis and eight-inch heels in front of Moscow's State University building on July 21, 2011.

Earlier this month, Putin's Army used the social network to call upon "young, smart and beautiful girls" to join their legion and show their love and support to Vladimir Putin by tearing up their shirts.

[Source: via Carscoop]

Third Generation MINI To Debut At MINI United 2012

MotoringFile reports that the third Generation MINI (known internally as the F56) will debut late next summer at MINI United.

More Of Blake Lively In A MINI

Website popsugar caught Gossip Girl actress Lively zipping around town behind the wheel of a MINI Cooper in Los Angeles yesterday filming Oliver Stone's Savages wearing a two piece top.

RSR Motorsport Finish 1 and 2 in ST class of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge

RSR Motorsport took first and second in the ST class of Saturday’s GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race. It is the first double podium for RSR Motorsport.

Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo drove the No. 198 RSR Motorsport MINI Cooper S to victory. It is the first series victory for Cattaneo. Chris Puskar and Tom Dyer finished second in the No. 197 RSR Motorsport MINI Cooper S. The race was Dyer’s first time behind the wheel of a MINI.

With one round left in the season, Cattaneo and Trinkler have moved into third in the team championship points, just nine points out of first. You can see the double podium for RSR Motorsport during the race broadcast on SPEED on Saturday, July 30, at 3:00 p.m. E.T.

[Source: PaddockTalk]

East Bay MINI Sponsors Heritage High School Theatre Club

This notice recently appeared on East Bay MINI's Facebook wall photos

A Good Look At Kristen Stewart In Her Modded MINI

Kristen Stewart is one of the actresses in the film Breaking Dawn Twilight Saga and has been a fixture in the Twilight Vampire series. Facecarsx.com has a nice gallery of photos of Ms. Stewart and her modded black MINI. Based on the photos it looks like she has had the MINI lowered, de-badged and fitted with a one ball exhaust and carbon fibre hood.

First MINI WRC Team Shakedown At Rally Finland Done

Carlos del Barrio, Paul Nagle, Dani Sordo and Kris Meeke successfully completed the MINI WRC Team's first shakedown runs at Rally Finland and say they are now ready to take on the first three special stages of the rally.

[Source: via MotoringFile]

Dangerous Blonde

Insanity! Two tons of Suburban driven hands free while licking an ice cream cone and talking on a cell phone. My God woman! - you just reinforce stereotypes about blondes. Where are the police when you need them?

[Source: via That Will Buff Out]

NorCal MINIs Exclusive: Coupe Caught In California

NorCal MINIs received this spy photo of a new MINI Cooper S Coupe from a reliable confidential source who advises that it was recently taken in Ontario, California.

MINIs In The Mountains Starts In Eight Days

examiner.com reports on the upcoming Sixth Annual MINIs In The Mountains (MITM), a MINI Cooper car rally in Winter Park, CO that starts Thursday, Aug. 4 and goes through Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. MITM is hosted by Winter Park Resort and MINI5280, the Colorado MINI Cooper car club. More than 200 MINI Coopers and nearly 300 participants are expected from across the United States. examiner.com writes, in part:
Event highlights include the MINI Cooper Cruise down Highway 40 in Winter Park starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug., 4, ending with a live concert at Hideaway Park. On Friday, Aug. 5, the first MINI of Loveland Auto-X will take place in the Vintage Hotel parking lot using the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America’s equipment.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., PEAK Eurosport presents the NUF! Car Show in The Village at Winter Park, where over 30 MINIs will be on display to the public, including a few classic Mini Coopers. Here’s the full schedule, and for more information go to www.minisinthemountains.com

The Inside Of An Engine From An Oil Droplet's Perspective

To be specific, from the perspective of a droplet of intelligent Mobil One oil in a Mercedes Benz engine.

[Source: via Ridelust]

The Auto Channel Reviews The 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4

The Auto Channel gives its top five reasons for buying the 2011 MCS Countryman ALL4:
1. Fun small SUV
2. Mini-ness in a bigger package
3. Solid performance
4. Go-kart handling
5. Solidly built
Reviewer John Heilig concludes:
My wife wouldn’t let me buy an original Mini (wisely). She also wouldn’t let me buy an MG 1600. She might let me buy a Countryman, but I think she’d still opt for something larger.

A Woman's Perspective On The MCS Convertible

303 Magazine of the Ralph Shomp MINI dealership in Denver, CO has launched a new automobile blog – A Woman’s Perspective by Alissa Barry. The subject of the first review is the MINI Cooper S Convertible. Among Barry's conclusions:
Bottom Line: Got stuff to do? It’s great for getting there in a hurry, but not created to stuff a bunch of things in the trunk. Perfect, happy vehicle for a single female with little baggage.

Zoom Factor: A convenient choice for women who like to put the hammer down.

Why Your GPS Won't Work At Mach 2 Or Above 60,000 Feet

[Photo Credit: GPS Wire]
Gizmodo provides the factual reasons why GPS doesn't work at Mach 2 or at an altitude above 60,000 feet. Apparently, you can thank the communists. Gizmodo says, citing Wikipedia:
The CoCOM, or Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls, was established in the early years of the Cold War to put an arms embargo on Eastern Bloc countries. After GPS was developed by the Defense Department, COCOM limits were put in place so that the government could be sure the technology wouldn't end up in commie-guided missiles.
Of course, the Cold War is over. That your GPS stops functioning when you're moving that fast or that high (which is to say not often) is because it's a relic of a bygone age.

Blake Lively Does "Savages" MINI Cooper Scene

Twenty-three year old actress Blake Lively, known for her work in the movie "Gossip Girls" working on a scene for her new movie "Savages" was spotted in Los Angeles dropping a blue robe and then sitting behind the wheel of a Chili Red MINI Cooper Convertible.

[Source: Just Jared]

MINI Makes List Of Best Cars For People Who Can't Park

Automobile Magazine chose the MINI Cooper as one of its choices in the "Small, Maneuverable Cars" category. The total list is twelve different cars and, in addition to "Small, Maneuverable Cars" list cars that have "Advanced Camera Systems," "Cars That Park Themselves" and those that "Cheat: Get The Valet To Do It." About the MINI Cooper the article author Jake Holmes writes:
Today's Mini Cooper builds on the heritage of the tiny, front-wheel-drive car that began with the British-built Mini back in 1959. This small hatch offers a compelling combination of engaging driving dynamics, retro-fun styling, and cutesy add-ons (like Union Jack mirror housings and rally stripes). Slightly larger than the similarly retro Fiat 500, the Mini Cooper is nonetheless ideal for constrained parking spots thanks to its 146.6-inch length and 66.3-inch width.

The Mini Cooper hardtop and convertible provide seating for four people, but the rear seats are quite small. Still, the chic Mini has gained favor with hip commuters, while weekend racers have gravitated to the more powerful S and John Cooper Works models. With a 35.1-foot turning circle and compact dimensions, the Cooper will easily slot into the tightest of parking spaces and look good while doing so.

Save Fuel By Keeping The Top Up

egmCarTech reports on a USA Today article that states that:
In a recent study conducted by Kelsey Mays of Cars.com, she used a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 to find out what the real difference was in fuel economy. Normally, the car gets 31.7 mpg, but with the top down, the car lost 4.4 miles per gallon, an overall 14% decrease occurred.
The loss of gas mileage is due to too much wind. As the article concludes:
Despite many attempts by automakers, so far none have succeeded in wind reduction. Maybe they aren’t thinking far enough outside the box, or maybe it is simply impossible to avoid.

MINI Space Reports On MOTD

MINI Space discusses MINIs on The Dragon (MoTD) which is now in its ninth year. MoTD travels US Highway 129 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Southeastern United States. The Highway sports 318 curves over the course of 11 miles of two lane road.  Dozens of  events are planned for MINIs throughout MoTD.  MINI Space reports that, this year, the MoTD attracted a record "832 MINIacs in 543 MINIs".

Garmin GPS Goes To The Dark Side

You can now download Darth Vader to your Garmin GPS to give you directions such as “Go straight on, the Emperor awaits.” You can download Vader from the Garmin website for $12.99. The bundle includes TIE fighter vehicle icon to display on your Garmin map screen as you drive on your far, far away commute.

Darth Vader joins SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and Squirrely the Squirrell as available voices for the Garmin GPS.

[Source: Consumer Reports via AutoGuide.com]

First Special Rally Finlandia Stage Starts Thursday

MINI Motorsport discusses the "meticulous preparation" undertaken by the MINI WRC for the Rally Finland. The article also explains the complexities and difficulties that will encountered along the rally route:
The technical department of the MINI WRC Team has done a good job of ensuring that [drivers] Dani [Sordo] and Kris [Meeke] have two well-prepared cars. No easy task, particularly in Finland. The Rally Finland has certain perils that make a complex technical set-up of the car essential. On the one hand, the many jumps demand harder suspensions with a larger spring travel. On the other hand, the car should lie as low as possible in the corners and have good balance in order to be able to use maximum traction.

"Not many teams have found the right combination for Finland in the past," says Finland expert and Mini legend Rauno Aaltonen. In order to find the right formula for Finland, Aaltonen is working closely with the MINI WRC Team and will be available in a consultant capacity during the rally.

Another challenge is the rally's profile, which features a combination of fast sections, some tight corners and many spectacular jumps. In addition, six new special stages are planned for this year. For this reason, the organisers have scheduled three days for the route inspection and co-drivers Carlos
[del Barrio] and Paul [Nagle] met on-site last Friday to evaluate the key sections of the 1355-kilometre rally.

Countryman Teaser Took Camo Tape Over The Top

Before the MINI Countryman was formally introduced MINI teased the vehicle with this video about which Albert Austria at edmund's inside line recently wrote
. . . most of you have seen BMW's wild camo tape on their prototype test cars that prevent photographers and the public from figuring out the styling. Well, sister company Mini took this idea when the Countryman was introduced and ran with it -- all the way to the insane asylum.

Savage On Wheels Reviews The 2011 MINI Cooper

Mark Savage, writing for the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, reviews the 2011 MINI Cooper.

Goodbye Elliot And Thanks

On July 21, 2011, at 95 years old, Elliot Handler, the inventor Hot Wheels cars, died. In nearly 43 years there have been more than 10,000 designs of Hot Wheels cars.

[Source: AutoWeek]

Party Time With The Countryman S

Mark Takahashi at edmund's inside line used their long term MINI Countryman S tester topick up a keg and some cheese and tells how the Countryman S performs these party prep errands.

Persian Gulf BMW and MINI Sales Jump 29%

gulfnews.com reports:
Dubai: AGMC, the official BMW Group importer in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, has sold a total of 2,014 BMW and Mini cars in the first half of this year, marking a 29 per cent increase over the same period last year.
The MINI hatch and Countryman accounted for most of the MINI sales.

From A Posh Pittsburgh Neighborhood

Taken in front of a Pittsburgh MINI dealership. That's the way to go to school!

(Excuse me, driver, Mom packed me a sack lunch. Can you pass the Grey Poupon?)

[Source: That Will Buff Out]

Is This The 2014 MINI Hybrid?

MINI News of MINILosAngeles.com claims that the accompanying photo is a spy shot of the 2014 MINI Cooper Hybrid. It writes:
The 2014 MINI Cooper is a hybrid vehicle unlike any other. The front wheels are connected to a gas motor, while the rear wheels run on a completely unattached electric motor. The car switches from gas to electric depending on the speed of the car and the driving conditions. This fascinating hybridization movement is thanks to a one-of-a-kind partnership between parent company BMW and the European car maker, PSA Peugot Citroen. Together, these two superstars of car engineering have created a new generation of affordable hybrid cars, specifically designed for the MINI Cooper line.
The article further claims that the MINI Hybrid will not be just one car but a series - "Different versions are expected to be seen, ranging from the typical MINI Cooper to the Countryman."

Can't Touch This: Electronic Road Sign Hacked In Portland

A sign on the Morrison Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, OR was hacked to warn first to "Stop" and then that it is "Hammertime." Authorities were unable to change the sign back and had to call the contractor to fix the sign even though Jalopnik, which published this story, also published detailed directions on how to hack the sign.

Ten Next Generation MINIs And Five BMWs To Be Based on UKL1 Platform

Rampant reports today that the next generation platform, the Mk3 MINI family, will grow to encompass 10 individual models and will become fully integrated into the BMW family. Autocar.co.uk has this photo gallery of what these vehicles might look like. These new MINIs will be based on a brand-new BMW-engineered platform called UKL1 which sports a front-wheel drive architecture in two wheelbase lengths and is based on a MacPherson strut front suspension and BMW’s Z-axle rear end. Most will be powered by a new range of advanced BMW three-cylinder engines. The UKL1 platform also accommodates all wheel drive. Thus, other AWD MINIs, besides the Countryman and Paceman, are likely. With 10 Mini models planned and as many as five BMW models in the medium term, UKL1 will become BMW’s biggest-selling vehicle range. An electric hybrid MINI is also anticipated as one of the ten new MINIs.

[Sources: Autocar.co.uk/INAUTONEWS/MotorAuthority/IndianCarsBikes]

Learn How To Care For Your Convertible Top

[Source: via autoMedia.com]

MINI Convertible Called "Jolly Good Fun"

Steve Sturgis for the Philadelphia Inquirer at Philly.com provides his likes and dislikes with regard to the 2011 MINI Cooper Convertible and concludes:
When I have my midlife crisis, I'm going to have it in one of these.

Steve Nash Is A Parking Prick In A Prius

Enjoy this video of Phoenix Suns' point guard Steve Nash that points out how competitive this professional basketball player really is.

[Source: via egmCarTech]

Inside Line's Favorite 2011 MINI Countryman Photo Caption Last Week

MINI WRC Team Set For Rally Finlandia

Girlracer reports that the MINI WRC Team is ready to take on Rally Finlandia on the 28th/29th/30th July. Dani Sordo (ES) and Carlos del Barrio (ES) will again be driving the number 37 MINI, while Kris Meeke (GB) and Paul Nagle (IR) will be in the number 52 car. The article quotes both Sordo and Meeke. Sordo said:
“Finland is a really nice rally and what I would call typical of the sort you would expect in a World Rally Championship. I think I have done it about five times and always enjoy it. I also like the fact there are always lots of spectators, and I think maybe the most on any rally in the championship. It is an exciting rally to do as the roads are fast, we have lots of crests and there are big jumps. You really have to concentrate on all the stages as you are driving flat out, and in many ways it is like being on a race circuit. I was really happy after our test last week in Finland, as the car felt good, so I am going there with a lot of confidence for our performance in this rally.”
Meeke said:
“I have been to Finland twice before, but never in a WRC car. You have to treat this rally with respect, as it is most specific with regards to knowledge and I don’t have that knowledge, so I am going to treat it with caution. On some events you can make the pace notes and then drive a hundred per cent, but not here as there is a third dimension with the jumps. However, I am rally-hungry and can’t wait to get back after the long gap since Sardinia. The three day test we did last week went well, and I had a good feeling coming away from it. At the end of the day, that is what this year is all about, getting to know the car and the events.”

MINI Adorns Checkpoint MINI Berlin

A MINI with the flag of Berlin adorns a MINI Cooper that is affixed to the wall at "Checkpoint MINI Berlin." Virtual Globetrotting has an expanded zoomable view of the billboard.

Sonic Seating 2011 MINI Countryman Sound System

Irvine MINI Cooper News reviews the 2011 MINI Countryman Premium Sonic Seating sound system and loves the speakers but is less than enthused about MINI Connect.

Do You Know The History Of The Goodyear Tire Company?

It is fascinating!

Rumors Swirl About A MINI Traveller

Sister sites BMW Blog and MotoringFile both report rumors about aSpacebox/Progressive Activity Vehicle concept that has been floating around MINI since 2009 being actually being green-lighted and tentatively named the "Traveller." Indications are the car will be based on the front wheel drive BMW Compactive Sport Tourer or ‘FAST’. The idea behind the vehicle is increased practicality and flexibility for a customer who would have had to to move to another brand because they’ve simply run out of space.It is to be the most utility oriented of all of MINI’s upcoming products based off of the UKL1 platform. The vehicle is expected to go on sale sometime in 2014 or 2015.

2011 Aloha Rally Da’ Kine

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2011 Aloha Rally by MINI of Concord in association with NorCal MINIs. Though MINI of Concord's rally route was a little difficult and obscure it provided for the best Where TF am I moments of the day! Those that got as far as Checkpoint 2 danced it up as you can see in this short film:

Send your Aloha Rally photo and video links to info@norcalminis.com.  We will continue to post them this week and they will be permanently on display in the Photo Gallery.

Special thank yous go out to NorCal MINIs' members Meredith, Randall, Scott, Tara, Richard, Sharon, Robert, Jessica, Mike, Irene and Chuck for helping man two of the rally checkpoints and to MINI of Concord for planning and underwriting the Rally.

MINI Is Equally A Guy And Chick Car

Erica Eden, a senior industrial design strategist, in this article at fastcodesign.com explores how men and women can love the same design for different reasons. She uses the MINI Cooper as an example:
Let’s look at how this dynamic plays out in the car industry. Women tend to favor the Volkswagen Beetle because it is cute and playful. Many men dismiss it for the exact same reasons. The Mini Cooper is one of the few cars that genuinely appeal to both sexes. Men love the Mini Cooper for its stunt car roots, sports-car handling, and powerful engine. Women also love the Mini Cooper, because it is friendly and fun to drive, like a charismatic sidekick. Of course, there are always people who break this mold, but this example teaches us that we sometimes want the same things, though often for different reasons. The ability to evoke personality is a key method of transparent design, because it helps us satisfy the natural preferences of both genders.

Instantly Cool Off A Hot Car Interior

This is ingenious. As demonstrated in this Chinese video, roll down the driver's side window and close the door. Open the passenger door and close it four or five times. It acts like an pressure air pump and the temperature reduction is significant. See for yourself:

[Source: via How-To Geek]

What Do You Do When Your Win Your Third Lottery?

If you are the McCauley family of Charlotte, North Carolina, who won $15.5 million in the New York Lotto in 1991, $161,172 in the North Carolina Education Lottery in 2007, and on Monday another $100,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery you use your winnings "to pay off  . . . student loans and purchase a Mini Cooper."

[Source: BlueRidgeNow.com]

MINI Team X-Raid Practices For Dakar 2012

The 2012 Dakar Rally will occur in Argentina, Chile and Peru. Here is video of the MINI Team X-Raid, sponsored by Monster Energy, testing in Argentina in preparation for the rally.

[Source: via MotoringFile]

No Way You Escape From This Motorcycle Cop

Grand Prairie, Texas Motorcycle Officer Donnie Williams has got incredible bike handling skills:

[Source: via That Will Buff Out]

CarsDirect Compiles Reviews Of The 2012 MCS

CarsDirect has compiled others reviews of the 2012 MCS and synopsizes them in their review of the vehicle. Here's the summary:
2012 MINI Cooper S Review Summary
What reviewers liked most about the 2012 MINI Cooper S:
Body roll is minimal, even in high-speed turns, and the car's exceptional stiffness simply enhances the feeling of stability and control. - Cars.com
[The optional SMG transmission] swaps gears as quickly as any dual-clutch gearbox and even matches revs when we call for a downshift. - Edmunds.com
What reviewers liked least about the 2012 MINI Cooper S:
Though the back seats are deep with good thigh support, passengers eat their kneecaps on long drives. - Motor Trend

2012 MINI Cooper S Comparisons:
The Cooper S comes with a sport-tuned suspension, but its behavior is still much more refined than other cars capable of similar track speeds. - New Car Test Drive
Best one-liners about the 2012 MINI Cooper S: 
Not many economy cars can boast a 138-mph top speed and a 7.0-second 0-to-60-mph acceleration time... - Automobile
One new review of the 2012 MCS not quoted by CarsDirect is the AutoTrader's extensive review. AutoTrader concludes:
There are less expensive small cars, like the Fiat 500 but most force some sort of compromise where the Mini is that "just right" fit most shoppers will like. The 2012 Mini Cooper S packs a lot of style and fun into a small package and proves you can have performance, economy and style all rolled into one car.

Try And Make The 7-10 Split

"[A] freak bounce out of the pit or a side wall rebound are the only realistic ways to convert a 7–10 split. - Wikipedia

[Source: via Matt on Not-WordPress]