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As MINI Closes in on a Dakar Podium Sweep, Controversy Arises

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, JCW Jan 17th, 2014 4 Comments

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For days now the lead MINI X-Raid driver Stephane Peterhansel has been battling back from earlier issues and spectacularly making up time. But with that speed comes risk and while Peterhansel had gotten within two minutes of the lead MINI (driven by Nani Roma) the team asked him to slow down and not take any undue chances. To be more specific, it appears that MINI Motorsports has made the request. Read on for the details.

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Official: MINI Dominates Stage 9 of 2014 Dakar

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Official News Jan 14th, 2014 No Comments

MINI Dakar 2014

Official Release: Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) in his black MINI ALL4 Racing topped the timesheets on stage 9 at the 2014 Dakar Rally. The Monster Energy X-raid Team driver dominated today’s 422km-long stage from Calama to Iquique (both CL) and finished 2:17 minutes in front of his MINI teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) in the predominantly white MINI ALL4 Racing car.

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Official: MINI Leads 2014 Dakar at Intermission

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar Jan 13th, 2014 No Comments

MINI Dakar 2014 - Day 2

Four of the top five cars in competition are MINIs.

Official Release:Joan “Nani” Roma (ES) in his yellow MINI ALL4 Racing in the overall lead and a total of four MINI ALL4 Racing in the top five: the Monster Energy X-raid Team and the MINI brand have every reason to be satisfied with the first half of the 2014 Dakar Rally. Thanks to a well-prepared team of experienced drivers and the immaculate services of the MINI ALL4 Racing today is a well-deserved rest day for the entire team, especially so after Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) was able to take another day victory in his black MINI ALL4 Racing on Friday.

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Official: MINI Finishes 1-2-3 in Day Three of 2014 Dakar

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar Jan 7th, 2014 6 Comments

Dakar 2014

After the perfect run by the reigning Dakar champion Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) in his black MINI ALL4 Racing at the 2014 Dakar Rally on Monday, the third competitive day of the world’s toughest endurance rally was another good one for the Monster Energy X-raid Team as well as the MINI brand. Joan “Nani” Roma (ES) in the yellow MINI ALL4 Racing and Krzystof Holowczyc (PL) in the red MINI ALL4 Racing claimed a one-two on the third Dakar leg which took the competitors via 301 timed kilometres from San Rafael to San Juan (both AR) and into the first foothills of the Argentinean Andes – a terrain well-suited for the MINI ALL4 Racing in which it could prove his core strengths: power, reliability and efficiency.

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Official: MINI Leading 2014 Dakar At The End Of Day Two

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar Jan 6th, 2014 No Comments

MINI Dakar 2014 - Day 2

Team MINI has won the second day of the 2014 Dakar as well as taken the overall lead.

Official Release: On only the second day of the 2014 Dakar Rally, Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) behind the wheel of his #300 MINI ALL4 Racing entered by the Monster Energy X-raid Team enjoyed a compelling run through the 433 timed kilometres of the second Dakar leg. The eleven-time Dakar champion and winner of the 2012 and 2013 Dakar in the MINI ALL4 Racing sealed the day victory, 28 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz (ES), which also propelled him into the overall lead of the 36th Dakar edition.

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The 2014 Dakar Rally is Underway & MINI Just Took the Lead

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Motorsports, Video Jan 6th, 2014 No Comments

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The Dakar is underway and MINI has just taken the lead. More specifically Stéphane #Peterhansel and the MINI X-raid team is currently leading Carlos Sainz by 46s.

What’s the Dakar? Let MINI’s 2012 victory recap video explain it to you. And yes, the 0:35 moment is real. continued →


Spied: The MINI E Race Coupe

MotoringFile Sections: MINI E, Motorsports, R58 (Coupe) Dec 19th, 2013 5 Comments

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Something fun for you electric MINI fans out there this morning. UK site GoMotors has spy shots of an all-new electric MINI. Dubbed the MINI E Race Coupe, this is the first electric MINI we’ve seen since the MINI E program shut down. In 2010, MINI set an EV record at the ‘Ring with a MINI E hardtop hatch. That record was later eclipsed (well, obliterated) by the electric Mercedes SLS. continued →

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