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Davenport Run - Saturday July 13, 2024

Join the Norcal Minis club for an epic drive from San Jose through the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains! Enjoy stunning vistas and wine tasting a...

Motor Trend's First Test Drive Of The MINI JCW GP II

Motor Trend's Rory Jurnecka takes a first test drive on a track in the MINI John Cooper Works GP II and writes about it in an extensively photo illustrated article.  Jurnecka observes, in part:
As with any front-wheel-drive car, it's hard to get traction to power out of corners while the car is still turning (insert friction circle diagram here). Like with any Mini, the key is to be smooth with inputs and feed throttle in on corner exit rather than just mash the pedal as might be done in a Miata or BRZ. Still, power felt strong on the straights, and the Recaros proved grippy and supportive, though they might be a bit narrow for larger frames. The overall driving position is excellent, with good steering wheel extension and pedal spacing for simultaneous rev-matching and braking.