Mini

Mini’s New Coupe Gets Shaken Down On The Nürburgring

Posted in Design, Mini, Racing Coverage, Videos by Kurt Ernst | July 3rd, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Holy negative camber, Batman...

If you’re going to shake down a new car, I can’t think of a better way than turning one into an endurance racer and running it for 24 hours on the Green Hell. Mini thought the same thing, so they rolled out two Mini JCW Coupes for last weekend’s 24 hour race on the Nürburgring. Their goals were modest and they weren’t racing to win; instead, they merely wanted both cars to finish the event, which is quite an achievement for a race car’s first outing. Both coupes ultimately finished, racking up nearly 3,500 miles over the race weekend. Read More…

Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals 2011

Triumph TR4 and TR3

BCW MG TD Replica
Recently, I attended the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars.  As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.

This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.

I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone.  So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!

 

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Anders Warming Discusses Mini Rocketman Concept

Posted in Auto Show, European Rides, Event Coverage, General, Geneva Motor Show, Mini, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | February 25th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Mini Rocketman Concept

Not long ago Kurt brought you guys a piece on Mini’s new Rocketman concept, a car that, believe it or not is actually smaller then a base model Mini. The goal of the Rocketman is to provide consumers with an efficient little compact that utilizes the best that modern technology has to offer. The chassis for instance is made of carbon fiber (a first for Mini) and they actually use paper – that’s right paper – in the interior to stress the point of sustainability. Recently Mini has also been stressing themselves as a premium brand, and while that may be true (kinda), that doesn’t change the fact that their cars are no bigger than a size 15 roller skate. Listen, in the end the Rocketman concept is an interesting conversation piece. It’s cute, employs some cool materials and features, and even though we’ve yet to hear what will power this thing, it’s sure to be efficient as well. Below is a video of Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design discussing the ideas behind the new Rocketman concept.
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Mini Debuts Rocketman Concept In Geneva

Posted in Auto Show, Concept Cars, Geneva Motor Show, Mini by Kurt Ernst | February 24th, 2011 | 1 Response |
Mini Rocketman Concept

Image: BMW Group

I like Mini Coopers well enough, but all their cars look alike to me. Even with a gun to my head, I’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a Countryman, a Clubman, a Piltdown Man or even their latest concept, dubbed the Rocketman. I get the whole iconic-brand-identity thing, but isn’t it time you branched out on the exterior styling of a new model? The Rocketman is a kinder, gentler but visually similar Mini; unlike recent models, it isn’t supersized. In fact, the Rocketman is shorter dimensionally than a base model Cooper. It’s designed to be uber-fuel-efficient, so the spaceframe chassis is made of carbon fiber instead of steel. Power comes from something, but Mini isn’t telling us exactly what; instead, they’re highlighting the concept’s fuel efficiency, which they claim is three liters per 100 kilometers based on the EU standard. Doing that math, that works out to be .79 gallons per 62.14 miles, or 78.66 miles per gallon. Read More…

Five Cars Men Should Never Drive to Impress A Woman

Posted in Best of, Chrysler, General, Honda, Lists, Mazda, Mini, Top of the Heap, Volkswagen by Jennifer Nicole | February 18th, 2011 | 24 Responses |

I’m commonly asked which cars women find the least attractive for men to drive. Honestly, this is a tough one, as the truth is that there are many cars out there that no man should ever step in to. To narrow them down I decided to choose the top five cars of the decade that make me cringe. My first thought was the PT Cruiser from Chrysler. I’m still trying to figure out the reason as to why that car was ever made, as it’s one of the most disappointing automobiles I’ve ever seen. Nothing about it makes me want to touch it. Think of it like that person you have to sit next to with bad body oder in a crowded room that you’re repulsed by. For just under 20k I’m surprised that Chrysler even had the audacity to regularly rotate them onto their homepage before they went out of production last year. There is no way on this green earth that a woman will find a man more attractive regardless of how much he modifies it. A quick note to PT Cruiser owners; please stand AWAY from your car if you want to pick up on a girl and certainly don’t bother to valet.
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Would You Tattoo Your Penis For A Free Car?

Posted in Best of, European Rides, FAIL, FAIL / Funny, Mini, Rides by MrAngry | January 31st, 2011 | 6 Responses |

Man Tattoos Mini on Penis

This is Andreas Muller, he’s 39 and a resident of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. He’s also the guy that is having his junk tattooed in ordered to win a free car. Muller won a radio contest where the grand prize was a brand new $32,000 Mini Cooper – there was however one little catch. You see in order to win the car Muller had to come up with the craziest Mini-related stunt, which he did and which is why you are seeing him here wincing in pain. His idea was simple, have MINI tattooed on his schmeckle during a live radio broadcast… once complete, he’d be given the keys to his new car.

According to Muller, “Once I’m sitting in the car, it won’t matter anymore. Then the pain will be gone and it’ll be alright,”

Now I would maybe do that for something really high end, but for a MINI? No thanks… I’d rather ride a bicycle.

Source: Jalopnik

Mini crams its way into the record books.

Posted in Best of, European Rides, Mini, People, Rides by MrAngry | January 29th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Mini World Record

If you’ve ever been in a Mini Cooper before then you know that they’re actually pretty spacious inside. In fact the front passenger compartment is so big that I have absolutely no problem squeezing my 6’4″ 245 lb body in there. Sure the back seats are a bit snug, but my guess is that you wouldn’t be using them to often anyway. That is unless you’re part of the Pilobolus Dance Company, a troupe that managed to get themselves into the Guinness Book of World Records by cramming an amazing 26 people into one. What’s even more amazing is that the car was not modified in anyway, shape or form and the participants had to stay in their for an agonizing 5-seconds with the doors shut. The dancers could be no taller then 5-feet and were required to be as flexible as possible. I have to say that this is something that I never would have thought possible, but I’ve got to hand it to them as they pulled it off in style. Bravo!
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Mini Goes Redneck with “Mini VS Monster” Ad.

Posted in European Rides, Funny, Mini, Videos by MrAngry | January 19th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Mini Jumps

Well, I suppose this is one way of bringing attention to your brand. Mini has decided to unleash their inner redneck by combining the high-flying sport of Monster Truckin’ with their now, not-so-itty-bitty Mini’s. I’ll be honest, Mini’s ad campaigns have been getting stranger and stranger. Sure they’re entertaining (to a point), but not so much that they make me want to go out and buy their products. Mini’s new lineup for 2011 includes the traditional Mini Cooper, Cooper Convertible, Clubman and now the Countryman. Sure they’re nice cars, but is this really the best way to go about showcasing them? Call me crazy, but I’d rather see sporty performance cars doing sporty performance things. C’mon Mini, get your shit together and show us what your cars can do and stop with the overblown theatrics. Check out the video inside. Read More…

What Car Would You Import to the U.S.?

Posted in Diesel, Domestic Rides, Featured, Ford, Holden, Mini by MrAngry | January 18th, 2011 | 13 Responses |

HOLDEN UTE SS-V REDLINE

One thing that I absolutely despise is finding out about newly released automobiles and then learning that they’re not coming to the United States. For example, we recently told you about a new diesel powered Mini that’s set to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March. It not only gets incredible fuel economy, but would be perfect for American consumers who are looking to do more with less. Then there is the case of Ford’s stellar 305-hp/325-lb-ft of torque turbocharged 2010 Ford Focus RS. This is a car that would likely set the hot-hatch import crowd on its ear and rack up all sorts of awards. Or what about the nut-ball sport pickup that resembles an old Chevrolet El Camino in the form of the Australian only, Holden Ute SS Redline. That sucker will not only satisfy your inner redneck, but it will do so above and beyond the 150 mph mark.
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Diesel Mini to Debut at Geneva Auto Show.

Posted in Diesel, Emissions, Environment, Geneva Motor Show, Mini by MrAngry | January 17th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Mini Diesel

Here in the United States there is obviously a huge environmental push going on to find new, cleaner ways of powering our vehicles, while at the same time producing better mileage. Electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and clean diesels are now all in production and on their way to giving consumers more choices that will leave a smaller footprint on our environment. Clean diesels are fuel efficient, expel low emissions and provide owners with lots of low-end torque. Motoring File is reporting there will be a new Mini Cooper SD (diesel) that will make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. It will be powered by a 143 hp BMW turbo diesel that will kick out a rumored 225 lb-ft of torque and achieve over 60 mpg. Now I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a Cooper owners wet dream. Unfortunately, due to U.S. EPA regulations, the odds of us seeing this new diesel Cooper on this side of the pond are slim to none. For enthusiasts this is truly unfortunate as power wise the diesel Cooper will pump out more torque then even their JCW edition.

Source: MotoringFile via Autoblog