Mar 16th, 2013
Via our friends at Bridge to Gantry the most famous race track in the world is now for sale. This could be bad or good news depending on who ultimately buys the track out of all the potential suitors. However one thing is for certain. The ‘Ring is changing. And for manufacturers like BMW and MINI who use the ‘Ring to develop cars that has to be somewhat unsettling.
Mar 14th, 2013
Matt Prior and the team over at Autocar have whipped up a doozy of a JCW GP Review. Covering design, interior, performance, ride, costs and other criteria, it’s eight web pages full of GP scrutiny. The context: how would the new GP stack up against the old one?
Jan 17th, 2013
It’s been said both here and on White Roof Radio that the MINI Roadster is our pick for the best looking “new” MINI to date. We think it’s a triumph of reinterpreting the MINI design language into something that is both unique in the MINI lineup and uniquely “MINI.” Turns out we’re not alone in that assessment. The MINI Roadster, along with five other BMW Group vehicles, won a 2012 GOOD DESIGN Award. A huge congrats to MINI and BMW Group for being recognized in their dedication to letting design lead their product development efforts. Details after the jump.
Nov 22nd, 2012
It just wouldn’t be new MINI product cycle without some exploratory Photoshop on the part of AutoExpress. At least this time they’re admitting that the images are what the next generation MINI “could look like.” But lets be clear, this is not a rendering based on insider info. This is a shot in the dark at best. continued →
Nov 15th, 2012
[Official Release] A team of gym members from East Sussex have today smashed two Guinness World Records™ world records for the number of people inside both a classic Mini and a 2012 MINI.
Nov 14th, 2012
[Official Release] Whilst MINIs are well known for making clever use of their cabin space, a team of flexible gym members from Sussex are putting this to the ultimate test by attempting to break the world record for the number of people inside a MINI Hatch. 28 daring female volunteers will scramble their way into the MINI at Potters Fields Park, London on 15th November as part of the eighth annual Guinness World Record™ day. The team have set their sights on breaking their own previous record of 27 people, which was set in Eastbourne last year (pictured above).
Oct 25th, 2012
Most MINI fans are well aware that BMW Group and PSA partnered on the Prince family of engines found in the current R5X generation of MINIs. BMW did the engineering and handles the manufacturing, and PSA ponied up some development dollars and helps with supply chain logistics. In return, PSA got access to the engines for their own cars and BMW got to develop a more efficient engine for the MINI that didn’t involve Daimler. That relationship worked well for both parties, so BMW and PSA had worked out a separate agreement to develop and share hybrid drivetrains in partnership with PSA. This agreement included a joint-venture manufacturing facility and, like the Prince arrangement, PSA would have access to the systems BMW would develop.