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Dakar-winning Team MINI Visits Jay Leno’s Garage

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Countryman Dakar Mar 3rd, 2014 3 Comments

Dakar 2014

While comedian Jay Leno is famous for a great many things in his professional life, such as The Tonight Show, it’s his passion projects that have our attention. In particular, his web series Jay Leno’s Garage is a semi-weekly look into Jay’s automotive and motorcycle interests. The show is mostly a vehicle-by-vehicle tour of the enormous warehouse facility Jay refers to as his garage — his own private automotive museum. However, Jay also brings in guests from time to time who have something he thinks his viewers might be interested in. MF readers may remember a couple months back when Jay featured the TWINI — a twin-engined JCW R53 racing car — on the show.

In this week’s episode, Jay leaves the comforts of his garage for the heat of the desert to meet up with Nani Roma, this year’s winner of the Dakar Rally, and to get a better look at his Team MINI racing car.

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Spied: The F54 Next-Gen Clubman Gets Caught Winter Testing

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, F54 Clubman Jan 14th, 2014 22 Comments

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With the F56 all the way out of the box, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more F56-based MINI variants out and about for prototype testing. The latest is these shots of a next generation Clubman, the F54, out doing some cold weather muling. As previously reported here on MotoringFile, the next Clubman will be a larger car than today, sharing its footprint with the next generation Countryman and Paceman. As the Countryman gets more “soft road” focused, the Clubman will be that slightly larger MINI super wagon that so many MINI fans have been hoping for.

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Video: The TWINI on Jay Leno’s Garage

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, JCW, Motorsports, R53 (Coupe), Video Dec 11th, 2013 3 Comments

TWINI on Jay Leno's Garage

No matter your late night viewing loyalties, there’s no denying that Jay Leno is the gear head to end all gear heads. His collection includes motorcycles, antique fire engines, tractors and more cars than one could count. While he calls it his garage, what Jay’s got is a private motor museum of his own making. That facility isn’t open to the public for tours (yet), but Jay shares his passion for all things that turn energy into noise and speed on his long-running web series, Jay Leno’s Garage.

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MINI USA Hosting Nationwide Owner Holiday Gift Swap

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Events Dec 10th, 2013 No Comments

MINI USA Gift Swap

MINI USA is embarking on a gigantic “secret santa” initiative between MINI owners this holiday season. All you have to do is head over to MINIUSA.com and sign up to be part of the gift swap. At random, MINI owners will be paired up and MINI USA will send each of you the mailing address of your gifting partner. You send your holiday gift (MINI is suggesting something worth about $10) by December 31 and hopefully your partner somewhere across the country does the same.

When your gift shows up, share a photo of it on the social media outlet of your choice and tag it with #MINIGiftSwap.

Want to participate? Sign up by Thursday, December 12, 2013. That’s just a couple days away, so get crackin’. “>Sign up here.


Pre-production Rover R50 Prototype Shell Shows up on eBay

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Classic Mini, Design, R50 (Coupe), R53 (Coupe) Dec 3rd, 2013 27 Comments

Pre-production Rover MINI Prototype

Want an early look at MINI development? This prototype shell found on eBay gives us an interesting window into that time period where Rover still had some control over engineering and BMW was guiding the ship from afar.

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Spied: The F55 5-door Next Gen MINI

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, F55 Five Door Hatch Nov 30th, 2013 32 Comments

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We’re expecting that more than any other, the upcoming 5-door MINI variant will significantly impact the brand’s popularity, especially with American buyers. Mixing a bit of the Countryman’s 4-door practicality with the smaller footprint of the F56, the F55 will give MINI buyers that little bit more utility than the current Clubman.

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Opinion: Peugeot Shows Us the 270 hp MINI Prince Engine That Could Have Been

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, MINI Competitors, Opinion Nov 14th, 2013 24 Comments

Peugeot RCZ R

Pictured above is the Peugeot RCZ R — a 270 hp sport coupe that’s powered by a version of the same engine found in second generation MINIs like the R56 and R60. You read that right: 270 hp. We’ve known this was possible (in fact nearly seven years ago MotoringFile reported that BMW was able to reliably get 300 hp out of the Prince), but Peugeot has finally put that into reality. What does it mean for MINI? First a little backstory.

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