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A Twin-Engine R53 Race Car for Thunder Hill

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, R53 (Coupe) Jul 7th, 2013 4 Comments

TWINI Racing Car

When we got an email from Jerry Bradbury, the team manager for the TWINI racing effort, we couldn’t quite believe what he was telling us. He and his team have put together an R53 race car to compete in the 25 hours of Thunderhill this coming December. While every MINI race car is something great, Team TWINI gets special credit for building a twin engine MINI. Not one, but two supercharged 1.6L JCW engines power this unique racing machine. For all of you who’ve always wanted an AWD, 400 hp MINI, this is one way to do it! Most entertaining of all, they got the idea from a twin engine Mini built back in the day by John Cooper himself.

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New Episode of DRIVE Features the MINI Dakar Racing Team

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Countryman Dakar, Video Jul 1st, 2013 No Comments


Every wonder what’s behind the Dakar winning MINI? Drive’s DRIVEN program, takes us behind-the-scenes to look at Team X-Raid, the clever chaps behind the two-time Dakar winning MINI off road racing team. Everything from the cars being built to action in the desert. If you’re a MINI or motorsports fan, you won’t want to miss this. continued →

Classic Minis Race at Brands Hatch

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Events, Motorsports, Official News Jun 28th, 2013 No Comments

Classic Mini Racing at Brands Hatch

This story comes to us from MINI Motorsport

The 2013 MINI Festival at Brands Hatch presented MINI fans with first-rate racing action. The occasion: 50 years of the MINI Cooper S.

Exciting races, international stars, stunts, and a feast of entertainment at the iconic Brands Hatch Circuit: last weekend, the 2013 MINI Festival in the English county of Kent was the hub of the MINI universe. Brands Hatch was the site of spectacular scenes. The occasion: the 50th anniversary of the MINI Cooper S. And the 2013 MINI Festival also featured a true racing premiere, as the title “Champion of MINI Festival” was awarded for the first time.

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900hp MINI to Race at Pike’s Peak

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Video Jun 1st, 2013 8 Comments


Well known ice-racer Jean-Philippe Dayraut is bringing a 912hp MINI based hill-climb car to the 12 miles of torture that is Pike’s Peak this June. Challenging famous WRC driver Sebastian Loeb and current record holder Rhys Millen, Dayrout is coming with high hopes and a gaudy power to weight ratio.

Check out some video previews of the car after the break.

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MINI Successful at Nürburgring 24 Hours

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News May 23rd, 2013 9 Comments

MINI Nürburgring 24 Hours

Official News from MINI Motorsports: Competitors spend months preparing for what is possibly the most challenging endurance race in the world. The performance of the car is optimised. The driving crew comes up with an elaborate plan to determine the order, in which they will take to the iconic track in order to achieve maximum success at the 24-hour race. The mechanics puzzle out how they can get the best possible performance out of their cars, whilst at the same time ensuring they keep running twice around the clock. However, the 41st staging of the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife once again showed that the 25.378-kilometre circuit is a law unto itself.

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MINI Continues to Dominate FIA Cross Country

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Official News May 6th, 2013 No Comments

MINI Dakar

A win and two second places in the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies. A third of the way into the season, the X-raid Team boasts a solid record with its MINI ALL4 Racings.

Official news from MINI Motorsport: After back-to-back victories at the Dakar Rally, the Monster Energy X-raid Team started the new season as it ended the last – successfully. Despite the triumphs at the toughest endurance rally in the world, Team Principal Sven Quandt’s outfit is still hungry for success. This bodes well for fans of the X-raid Team, which has put its faith in the reliable performance of the MINI ALL4 Racing for years now. The team, which once again lined up with one of the most cosmopolitan crews at the latest Dakar, once again has an excellent record already this season.

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MINI Competes in Allgäu-Orient Rally for Charity

MotoringFile Sections: Events, Motorsports, Official News, Sponsor Events Apr 24th, 2013 No Comments

MINI Competes in Allgäu-Orient Rally for Charity

While we’re used to seeing MINIs compete in the World Rally Championship at this point, the WRC isn’t the only venue where MINIs compete against the clock. From privateer teams running Targa events around the world to this race, the Allgäu-Orient Rally in Oberstaufen, Germany that starts at the end of this week. A couple of key things set the Allgäu-Orient Rally apart. First, it’s one-way. There’s no return route or looped course. Secondly and most interestingly, the race cars are auctioned off for charity at the end of the race. Pretty cool, eh? Get the official details from the MINI press release (and a gallery of race livery photos) after the jump.

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