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MINI JCW Team Race Report: Lime Rock Park

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News Jul 31st, 2015 3 Comments

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To conclude the 2015 John Cooper Works press event, MINI USA invited journalists to Lime Rock Park. It was an optional activity as part of the 3-day trip, but since my last live race goes back to Monaco 15 years ago, it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss. However, I was the only reporter authorized to chat with one of the drivers and to witness the start of the race from the paddock. For those of you who couldn’t make or didn’t watch the race, here is a detailed recap. continued →

Former Top Gear Hosts Heading to Amazon Prime

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press Jul 30th, 2015 23 Comments

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After much negotiations and a bidding war between streaming services and broadcasters, Amazon managed to ink a 3-year deal with former Top Gear co-hosts. Clarkson, Hammond, and May along with Producer Andy Wilman will debut their new “unscripted” show next year on Amazon Prime Video. The agreement covers global rights for this upcoming series, with availability in the US, UK, Austria, and Germany first. Amazon will also be able to license the rights to the show to other parties in countries across the globe where their streaming service not yet available. We’ve never been fans of Prime Video, so this big news might prompt us to give the service a shot. On the other hand, that’s a big and unfortunate loss for Netflix. continued →


MotoringFile Review: The 2016 F56 MINI JCW

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Reviews Jul 27th, 2015 27 Comments

Today we go in-depth with the 2016 JCW MINI. However if you’d like to take a step back and read something a bit more high level first, head over to our appropriately named High Level Review of the car, which Alex published yesterday. Now, read on for our first take of the new MINI JCW in both auto and manual forms.

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The F56 MINI JCW is the most complete performance product the brand has ever created. That was the revelation I had as I was thundering up a long stretch of two lane highway in 3rd gear. The suspension calibration, the engine’s constant onslaught to torque and the measured feedback flowing through the wheel, gear lever, throttle, and brake pedals make the new JCW rewarding in the best sense of the word. continued →

2015 MINI JCW Press Event Day 2: High-Level Review

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Podcast, Reviews Jul 26th, 2015 16 Comments

2015 JCW Mini  Hardtop Americas Launch Event.I’ve been waiting for this day since MINI unveiled the F56 John Cooper Works concept in Detroit 18 months ago. With a good amount of driving on the twisty roads of New York State, some racing and auto-crossing, this part of the JCW press event has given me a good idea of what this new car is capable of. continued →



2015 MINI JCW Press Event Day 1: Introduction

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Podcast, Reviews Jul 24th, 2015 4 Comments

2015 JCW Mini Hardtop Americas Launch Event.It all started from San Francisco. After a long day of meetings concluded by dinner and drinks with clients, we headed back to Boston. The plan is to drive our 135i Coupe to New Haven, CT where three days of MINI John Cooper Works fun and drive await us. continued →

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