2015 MINI Challenge Race (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop | JCW | MINI Challenge | Motorsports | Video Jul 15th, 2015 No Comments

20150509_brands gp qualify gen3 jcw_051Ahead of attending the MINI John Cooper Works press event next week, the MotoringFile crew is in full race mode. Today, EVO brings us eight minutes of pure joy with this video of the 2015 MINI Challenge Race. With a detailed look at the one of the F56s and a deep dive into the race, what else can you ask for? Enjoy! continued →

JCW Pro Exhaust – The Sound

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop | F57 Convertible | JCW Jul 14th, 2015 28 Comments


On the fence on whether or not to upgrade to the JCW Pro exhaust? The new kit is designed more holistically than before and is comprised of a full ECU remap, stainless steel and some interesting features. But how does it sound you ask? This MINI UK promo video gives us our best audio sample yet. continued →

An Introduction to the MINI JCW Racing Team

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop | JCW | JCW Endurance | Motorsports Jul 14th, 2015 2 Comments

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Since the beginning of 2015, we wrote a number of times about LAP Motorsports and their MINI John Cooper Works Racing Team. However we haven’t done the best job at covering the performance of the team weeks in, weeks out. Starting in July, we are determined to change that and what better way to start our coverage than by giving you a detailed introduction at the JCW Racing Team. Thanks to Bruce Troxell for reaching out! continued →

MINI JCW vs. Audi S1, A Proper Comparison

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop | In the Press | JCW Jul 13th, 2015 4 Comments


Wonder how the new JCW fares against the all-wheel drive Audi S1? Autocar has some answers.

The resulting cohesion with the running gear’s native tautness is impressive: from spring to mount to body to dashboard to steering wheel to palm, there’s no longer any chink for your admiration to slip through. Instead, with big mirrors outside and excellent iDrive-derived sat-nav inside (courtesy of a £1400 Media Pack), you merrily bound from crawl to dawdle to sprint and back again in almost total small-car contentment. continued →

2017 MINI Countryman Attacks the Ring

MotoringFile Sections: F60 Countryman Jul 13th, 2015 3 Comments

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As MINI does with all its models, the Countryman is undergoing suspension development this summer at the Nurburgring. Under heavy cladding we don’t get much of a look at the F60 other than seeing how it performs at the famed ‘Ring and its overall silhouette.

The 2017 MINI Countryman will debut next year with sales beginning in the fall of 2016. Longer, wider and more aggressive looking, the Countryman is set to become the largest MINI yet. The interior will be very similar to the Clubman and will carry over the current engine range as found on all the FXX MINIs with a couple of exceptions. The plugin hybrid drivetrain we’ve been reporting about will likely be an eventual offering on the Countryman. Also the US could see a diesel offering as well if the market conditions warrant it.

Outside look for 19″ (optional) wheels and a much more aggressive style throughout.

Worldwide MINI Sales Up 25% for June

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | Sales Jul 10th, 2015 15 Comments


Official Release: MINI has achieved its best-ever first half-year with 165,938 MINIs delivered to customers, an increase of 25.8% on the same period last year. Sales in June were up 25.4% to total 36,025. “With strong double-digit growth, MINI has had a flying start to 2015,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad. continued →

MINIUSA Annouces MTTS 2016 Dates

MotoringFile Sections: Events | MTTS | Official News Jul 9th, 2015 2 Comments


One year from today MTTS 2016 will kick off. MINI USA today officially announced the dates for the popular cross-country owners’ rally, MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS). continued →

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