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Archive for February 2008

The MINI Challenge Safety Car in Action

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, Motorsports, R55 (Clubman), Video Feb 29th, 2008 7 Comments

We are sure that you remember the MINI Challenge Safety Car, right? The tricked out neon-green-and-black JCW Clubman we posted about a few months back.

Good chance none of us will ever get to ride in one, so here is the next best thing. Enjoy!

Winding Road Reports on the new JCW (And Gets it Mostly Wrong)

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, JCW Feb 29th, 2008 13 Comments

We are big fans of Winding Road. But even one of the better auto publications out there sometimes can get it wrong. In reporting on the new JCW factory MINI, not only do they get some key facts incorrect about the previous JCW kit, but they can’t seem to get their figures right on the new car either.

For starters they claim the new JCW kit will be retrofittable at dealers for around $5000. We can report that this is 100% incorrect. We can only assume they got confused somewhere in between the prevous JCW kit (which originally was just over $5K retrofitted) and the current JCW dealer installed kit which is $2100. continued →

New JCW Wheels Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: Accessories, JCW Feb 28th, 2008 31 Comments

As quite a few may have noticed, MINI debuted a set of new JCW wheels with the launch of the factory JCW MINI. The 7×17″ R112 (as it’s code-named) should weigh in at around 21lbs and come standard on the factory JCW. It should also be available from MINI dealers around the world.

Some of you may have noticed the R112 looks somewhat like the already available R90. The R90 was created to be used with the original John Cooper Motorsports program in the UK and it seems only fitting that the new series (and the road car the series has spawned) will be using somewhat of an updated version. continued →

5th Gear Shootout: MINI One vs Fiat 500

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Competitors, Video Feb 28th, 2008 24 Comments

Another great shootout by our 2nd favorite British auto show, 5th Gear. If you don’t want to know the result, don’t click the “continued” link.

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MINI Scores 5 Stars in NHTSA Crash Testing

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch), Safety Feb 27th, 2008 8 Comments

Official MINI USA Press Release: The second generation MINI Cooper hardtop earned impressive scores for front and side impact and roll-over testing in the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing. continued →

The Factory JCW Videos (Updated)

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, Video Feb 27th, 2008 31 Comments

We’ve got a few new videos of MINI’s factory JCW, including an exclusive look at the interior. However don’t forget that not everything seen on the cars comes standard as part of the JCW model.

JCW MINI at the Track


JCW Interior Design


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MINI JCW Officially Released (UK Version)

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, Official News Feb 27th, 2008 22 Comments

Shorter and a bit more succinct, this official UK press release may shed some new light on the newly announced John Cooper Works MINIs for some readers.

Official MINI UK Press Release: Production of John Cooper Works-tuned cars is all set to resume at MINI’s Plant Oxford after the launch of the second-generation MINI Cooper S Hatch and new MINI Cooper S Clubman. From July 2008, customers will be able to order factory-built MINIs that produce 211hp and complete a 0-62mph sprint in 6.5 seconds.

Motor sport has heavily influenced the engineering and development of these new MINIs that feature a larger twin-scroll turbocharger and direct petrol injection with common rail. The four-cylinder engine has had the same modifications as the MINI CHALLENGE race car, along with re-engineered brakes, suspension and strengthened gearing. Each upgrade combines to give the car a remarkable output of 132hp per litre combined with 40mpg. continued →

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