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MINI JCW Team at Lime Rock Park: Race Preview

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, Motorsports, Official News Jul 23rd, 2015 6 Comments

Photo 04-corral This weekend, the MINI JCW Team will compete in the Lime Rock Park race, and we will be covering the event live as part of the JCW Press Launch. In the meantime, here is a preview of the race. continued →

MINI JCW Team at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News Jul 16th, 2015 2 Comments

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As promised, here is the latest racing exploits from the MINI John Cooper Works Team. They made superb progress at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this past weekend with their best qualifying effort of the season, starting the 2 hour and 30 minute race in seventh position. More details on their prowess after the break with some awesome pictures. continued →

Worldwide MINI Sales Up 25% for June

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

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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

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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 →


MINI’s Plugin Hybrid Drivetrain Previewed

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, F54 Clubman, F54 Clubman Hybrid, F60 Countryman, Official News, Technology Jul 2nd, 2015 5 Comments

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MotoringFile broke the news of MINI’s plugin hybrid 18 months ago. Since then we’ve had a steady drip of news on the new drivetrain. Today we get a healthy dose of data in the form of an official preview. No, the 2 Series Gran Truismo BMW has used to showoff the technology isn’t a MINI, but the drivetrain detailed here is identical to drivetrain that will be found in a future MINI product. continued →

Secret BMW Hydrogen Program Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, Official News, Technology Jul 2nd, 2015 5 Comments

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Among a slew of innovations announced this week at BMW’s Innovation Days press event, one stands out as perhaps the most awe inspiring of the bunch. The i8 based prototype (officially unnamed by BMW at this time) replaces the 1.5L MINI derived three-cylinder with a fuel stack. Energy is generated from hydrogen cryogenically stored and contained in a cylindrical tank low down in the center of the car. The stack provides electricity for the electric motor – the only emission being water. continued →


BMW Previews MINI’s Three Cylinder Engine with Turbo Water Injection

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, Official News Jul 2nd, 2015 10 Comments

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Originally shown in the high output BMW M4 this week at BMW’s Innovation Days, the company took the wraps off of a scaled down version destined for MINI’s three and four cylinder engines. The principle is relatively simple –cooler temperatures allow for higher output without sacrificing MPG. But the details are pretty interesting. The cooling effect triggered by direct water injection likewise imbues this unit with substantially increased performance and efficiency. Plus, fuel consumption is reduced when pushing the engine. The boost to efficiency is therefore significant – especially when the driver adopts a sportier style – and average fuel economy under everyday conditions benefits accordingly. Added to which, direct water injection reduces thermal stress on numerous engine components and minimizes emissions. continued →

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