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MINI USA Dragster Debuts with Win

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News Oct 19th, 2005 19 Comments

MINI USA has collaborated with the extreme California based tuner FIREBALL TIM RACING (FTR) to create a one-of-a-kind record-breaking dragster. The extreme MINI made its show debut, beating 300 competitors to win the “Best Engineered” award at the Hot Import Nights in Phoenix, Arizona Saturday, October 15th.

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MF Vault: JCW GP Road Trip

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, JCW GP, MF Vault, R53 (Coupe) Dec 11th, 2011 4 Comments

First we gave you another look at our full review of the JCW GP. Then we took you back to our last drive in the R53 JCW. Today, for MF’s month long celebration of JCW, we give you one of our most memorable drives in the GP – from St Louis to Indy during MTTS. We pick up the story just as our bags hit the ground at home after the trip.

I had just one day – St Louis to Indy. And I was dedicated to making it one to remember. So early this morning Todd and I (up way too early) shook off the cobwebs and headed out to the official MTTS meeting point – the St Louis Arch. At this point the GP was starting to sink in as a real live car and I must say that it was getting better looking the more I saw it.

After our Arch photo opp was over I was handed the keys to a GP courtesy of MINI USA. I might add that this particular car was broken in by none other than Fireball Tim and Hubie (the men responsible for the fastest MINI drag-car in the world). So I got some quality time to the tune of about four hours with the GP. First impressions: better than wow. This car is a complete package like nothing we’ve ever seen before. It’s not the fastest MINI out there, just the most complete MINI I’ve ever drive. MINI and BMW did a great job inside and out with the small details. The look of the car really makes sense in the real world as compared to the 2D world as seen on this site or countless magazines. In other words, don’t make your mind on this car’s looks until you’ve seen it in the flesh.

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MINI USA & MF Bring You the Answers

MotoringFile Sections: May 23rd, 2006 No Comments

Hey Stracco: The Interview

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MF: Before we begin I’d like to say thanks to Stracco for agreeing to do this with us. It certainly shows a dedication to the core MINI enthusiast community that is refreshing and reaffirming. We hope that this is just the beginning! Let’s set some background. What does a MINI Product Manager do exactly?

Stracco: The MINI product manager is responsible for most business aspects of the product… as in the car. I give input on colors and options… build business cases on future engines and platform variants for our market. I make projections on sales and future growth. Additionally I review all copy and marketing to make sure the product is accurately represented. There are lots differences between European versions of the MINI and American versions of the MINI and of course differences between current model year and past versions. So we don’t want them to get mixed up. I say “I” but of course I am not working in a vacuum and I get direction from lots of people.

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MINI USA Shows off Dragcar in Chicago

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News Feb 10th, 2006 13 Comments

MINI USA will feature its one-of-a-kind record-breaking MINI dragster at the Chicago Auto Show February 10-19. The award-winning MINI holds the impressive title, “World’s Fastest MINI.” Also highlighted in Chicago are enhancements to MINI’s 2006 model line, including several new packages and optional features. Most notable are a new Checkmate package and new factory-installed John Cooper Works package.

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MINI USA/FTR Dragcar Heats up the Strip

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News Nov 18th, 2005 12 Comments

Here’s the official press release on the latest MINI USA Dragcar results that we reported on a few days ago:

The MINI USA/FTR Dragster made an impressive showing at the Import Drag Racing Circuit’s (IDRC) International Finals at the Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale, California this past weekend. With a dramatic improvement in performance, the car posted a time of 11.26 seconds for the quarter-mile with a top speed of 121.1 miles per hour. This is a full 1.28 seconds quicker and 5.4 miles per hour faster that its best performance at Pomona and betters its claim as the world’s quickest MINI in the quarter-mile.

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