May 31st, 2005
The Italian Job Coaster at Paramount Kings Island can’t claim to be the fastest coaster out there. Nor can it be called the tallest or scariest. However, what it can lay a claim to is simply being one of the most fun rides around. Its combination of speed, banking, back-drop and theme make it one of those rides that just about anyone will enjoy.
May 30th, 2005
Since news is slow on this holiday weekend I thought I’d post a little recap of the month that was on MF. From new colors seeing the light of day to more information on the 2007 MINI, there were lots of posts that deserve another look. Here are a few of them (from old to new):
May 30th, 2005
This info was sent in by Sam:
This past Sunday, Team Mighty Miniz played a gracious host in the canyons to Speed Channel’s new show Street Tuner Challenge. They will be runing two segments on the MINI lifestyle. The Track and The Canyons. Please tune in and check out the killer footage we mustered up. We were extremely thorough in soaking the film crew with our lateral G forces and witty humor.
May 27th, 2005
And what is GDI you ask? GDI, or gasoline direct injection, is a method of fuel delivery that the next MINI engine (code names Prince) will feature. This article by Autoweek (actually written for Automotive News Europe) does a great job documenting GDI’s short yet interesting history and making the technology behind it easier understand. Here’s an excerpt:
Performance-tuned GDI engines with turbochargers or superchargers can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 7 percent. BMW says the turbocharged version of its PSA joint-venture engine gets 15 percent better fuel consumption.
May 27th, 2005
We’ve got a few more updates on some of the minor changes MINI has in store for the 2006 model year.
We’ve just heard from a reliable source that the venerable 15″ holey wheel (seen here via MINI2′s wheel FAQ) that was introduced with the Cooper in 2001, will be discontinued. Word has it that there will be several new wheel styles available for the 2006 model year and at least one had to go in order to make room. We’ll hopefully have a few photos of the new wheels in the coming weeks and months.
May 26th, 2005
Normally we don’t post news about events that aren’t truly national in their scope… however this one is just too cool to pass up. And it has the potential to be one of the bigger US MINI events this year. (The news comes from Adam at the MINIsota Motoring Society)
Just wanted to let you know that the online ticket presale for the June 18th event at Paramount Kings Island (just outside of Cincinnati) is now live!
May 25th, 2005
From MINIUSA PR:
In its first year since launch, the MINI Convertible has received the top award in its segment in the latest Strategic Vision Total Quality Index (TQI). The MINI Cooper Convertible was the highest scorer in the Convertible Under $30,000 segment in this year’s index and is the third year in a row a MINI has received top segment honors in the TQI by the San Diego-based research firm.