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Archive for May 2007

White Roof Radio Live Video

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast, Video May 31st, 2007 274 Comments

Update: show’s over – thanks for watching! Come check out White Rood Radio as it happens. We’re doing two shows tonight that are being broadcast live courtesy of ustream.tv starting at 10pm EST (GMT-5/9pm CST/8 MST/7 PST). And not only can you see us do the show, but you can ask questions in the comment section of this post. During our second show (generally in the 2nd hour of recording) we’ll be reading those questions and answering them live.

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MINI United Blog Now Online

MotoringFile Sections: MINI United May 31st, 2007 No Comments

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For those of you that really want to keep up on all that is going on with MINI United, they have just set up a brand new blog. Gabe and I will be posting there leading up to and during the event with updates.

Gabe’s first post is up live right now and you should go check it out! Follow the links below.

[ MINI United 2007 Blog ] MINIUnited.com

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R56 JCW Suspension Details & Install PDF

MotoringFile Sections: DIY, JCW, R56 (Hatch) May 31st, 2007 32 Comments

Later this summer MINI will be releasing an updated JCW suspension designed to fit on all R56 MINIs. The new version of this kit differs slightly from the previous version in that it now includes both front and rear stabilizer bars. The addition of the larger sway bars is meant to further help with neutral handling at the limit and allow for most stability out of corners. We at MotoringFile have often thought of the previous JCW suspension kit as the most underrated of all factory accessories. With the R56′s lighter aluminum rear suspension and the addition of upgraded front and rear sway bars, this new version promises to be even better.

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What are these MINIs?

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, Rumor May 31st, 2007 22 Comments

A Car Connection reader managed to snap a handful of pictures of a MINI test mule that wasn’t a Clubman or Convertible but looked to be a standard R56 Coupe. However for those with a keen eye it looks like it could be much more. Specifically it has a couple tell-tale signs (based on information from our sources) that would indicate it could be one of two things; either the the much rumored “Stage II” factory JCW car due out in the next couple of years or an early peak at the R56 mid-lifecycle refresh. continued →


White Roof Radio Live Video Tonight

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast, Site News May 31st, 2007 6 Comments

Last week was a test, this week it’s for real. Tonight (Thursday) around 10pm EST (GMT -5) we’ll again be broadcasting the Whiteroofradio Podcast live on MotoringFile. Check MF just before 10pm EST (9pm CST/8pm MST/7pm PST) for a post with our video feeds and a place to comment and ask questions during the show. That’s right, we’ll be answering your questions in the 2nd of the two podcasts this evening.

See you tonight night. …wait I take that back, I guess you’ll be seeing us.

Bring the MINI Cooper Diesel to the US

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, MF Feature, Sales May 30th, 2007 419 Comments

For all you US based diesel fans, here’s your chance to be heard. Everyone by now knows my interests in alternative fuel vehicles. Most of the diesel posts are mine, and I’m always leaving comments, even in the posts I make! Not to mention all of the posts I have made on my motoring blog concerning alternative fuel vehicles.

While the thought of a hybrid is exciting to me, and many of you I’m sure, what are our choices? Nothing that we can really get excited about. Not to mention the cost of replacing the batteries about 3-5 years. Not something I would really look forward to.

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MINI USA Renews Deal w/Fireballed! Racing

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Official News, Sales May 29th, 2007 8 Comments

MINIUSA Press Release: MINI USA has renewed its motorsport racing development program with Southern California’s extreme tuning house, FIREBALLED! RACING, signing a 5 year deal through 2012. FIREBALLED! will continue the build-out of its MINI race programs through a number of upcoming TV, internet, mobile and multi-media platforms and event venues.

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