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Archive for March 2012

New MINI Special Edition: The MINI Rauno

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Special Editions Mar 31st, 2012 16 Comments

In the past two years, MINI has come back to racing in a big way. With several WRC podium finishes last year and a dominating win of this year’s Dakar Rally, MINI has made its re-entry into motorsports in a big way. I say re-entry because MINI made a name for itself in Rally racing nearly 50 years ago when it took the Monte Carlo not once, not twice, but three times. To MINI fans it’s a familiar story and along with it is a familiar name: Rauno Aaltonen — the man behind the wheel. continued →

Coming Soon: MINI “Black Line” Exterior Trim

MotoringFile Sections: New Product Mar 29th, 2012 22 Comments

While the Chrome Line interior and exterior packages have long been a staple of spec’ing any new MINI, owners looking for less bling have had to turn to folks like Todd Pearson to get the glair off some of the MINI’s shiny details. It would appear MINI is now seeing the appeal and will soon be introducing a “Black Line” set of exterior details.

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MINI GP2 Spied Outside the Nurburgring

MotoringFile Sections: JCW GP Mar 29th, 2012 33 Comments

Autoblog has some new photos of what is obviously a test mule for the next MINI JCW GP we told you about a few weeks back. Looking closely at the photos, they’re confirming for us many things we already knew and have reported on. For starters you can’t help but notice the MINI Challenge-bred rear wing and the functional diffuser, even under the yellow and black swirls (a color combo that only MINI uses as it turns out). It’s also hard to miss the stance which has clearly been lowered over the standard Sport suspension equipped cars. continued →

Recaro Seat Option Delayed for the MINI Coupe & Roadster

MotoringFile Sections: R59 (Roadster) Mar 27th, 2012 18 Comments

The highly anticipated Recaro seat option will be unavailable for the Coupe and Roadster during the month of April. This is due to a subtle tweak in the design of the stand-alone post/pivot for the seatbelt due to potential wear issues.

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White Roof Radio #419

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Mar 27th, 2012 4 Comments

Woofcast 419:

Download| 1:15:00 | 36mb | WRR @ iTunes | Show Notes

Nathaniel signs up for AMVIV, Chad wishes for the MINI Electric Scooter and Todd put his name on his list for the next GP. Sounds like a great show to us! Add in news from MotoringFile and some Ask Chad and, as the kids say, boom! continued →

Video: MINI Canada Celebrates 10 years with “Party Pit Stop”

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Marketing, Video Mar 26th, 2012 2 Comments

We’ve been celebrating 10 years of MINI USA over the past week here at MotoringFile, but let’s not forget, it’s MINI’s birthday all over the world. The fine folks at MINI Canada celebrated in fine style by surprising MINI owners at stop lights with a miniature street party. Click past the jump for the video. continued →


The 2002 MINI USA Launch & How it Inspired MotoringFile

MotoringFile Sections: Opinion Mar 26th, 2012 26 Comments

Ten years ago I played hooky from work for a few hours. After all it was a special day. A new brand from BMW was being introduced to the US that had completely captured my imagination. As a bit of an Anglophile and rabid car enthusiast, I just had to test drive one. If my hunch was correct, I’d likely put in an order afterwards.

As I drove up to the dealer (there were only two in Chicago at the time) I remember reminiscing about what made me a “car guy” in the first place. Some of my first memories are helping my dad under the hood of his BMW 2002. That car sparked something in me that grew into a fascination with design, engineering and of course cars in general. That car seemed like ground zero for a movement. The second shockwave in my automotive life came on that late March day in 2002 when MINI USA opened doors across the country. It felt like history was ready to be written. All I had to do was go drive the car. continued →

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