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EVO Races the MINI GP against MINI Challenge Race Cars

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW, JCW GP, MF Feature, MINI Challenge, Motorsports, R53 (Coupe), R56 (Hatch), Video Feb 20th, 2015 6 Comments

EVO Track BattleAs a tribute to Best Motoring International, EVO UK has produced a thrilling and rather hilarious race between a 2006 GP, 2013 GP, R56 Challenge and F56 Challenge track cars. Click through to watch these seasoned drivers wrestle the most capable factory MINIs and MINI race cars around the Bedford Autodrome. continued →

Steering Feel: F56 Cooper S vs R56 Cooper S

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, MotoringFile Garage, R56 (Hatch), Reviews Feb 16th, 2015 13 Comments

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After a few weeks living with our F56 Cooper S we had a moment to step back into an R56 Cooper recently. While there’s plenty to compare and contrast, the single biggest difference is in your hands. Put plainly the F56 is a big step forward over the R5X platform for steering feel and response. With the R56 (and even the R53 at times) there could be a knife’s edge between satisfying feedback and a car that was working against you when you pushed them hard. With the new F56 generation of MINIs, we have a driving experience that feels both more communicative, more balanced and more forgiving at the same time. Why is this? Read on. continued →

Early Take: 2015 F56 MINI JCW vs the R53 and R56 MINI GP

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW, JCW GP, R53 (Coupe), R56 (Hatch) Feb 12th, 2015 54 Comments

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The 2015 MINI JCW is the highest horsepower MINI from the factory of all time. But is it the fastest? The numbers tell an interesting story that paint a more nuanced picture than you’d think. Especially when you compare it to the previous fastest MINI, the GPs. continued →

2002-2010 MINI Navigation Systems Lose Ability to Update

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.) Dec 30th, 2014 24 Comments

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It’s not totally unexpected it’s still rather alarming. The CD and DVD based navigation systems found in MINIs from 2002 to 2010 can no longer updated after 2015. This is due to the mapping company that provides the data no longer supporting physical media. What about 2011 MINI and onward? Those systems are all solid state systems that will likely be supported for much longer due to software being much easier to update without the process of producing physical media to go along it it. continued →


MotoringFile Review: R56 JCW Tuning Kit

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, R56 (Hatch), Reviews Nov 24th, 2014 7 Comments

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In 2007 MotoringFile took delivery of our first R56 and with it a number of JCW accessories – most importantly the JCW Tuning Kit. With the F56 JCW Tuning being released this fall we thought we’d look back to remind ourselves what came before.

The kit for the R56 is extraordinarily straight forward. In the US it simply consists of a more aggressive air intake, a free flowing exhaust, a turbocharger air filter air guide and the all important ECU upgrade.

This is quite a contrast to the previous kit available for the R52 and R53 that included such items as a new head and inter-cooler and pretty big freakn’ check from the new owner. In fact the new kit is almost 1/3 of the $6000 price tag the R52/R53 dealer installed version rang up. But is it even worth the lower $2000 price tag? Especially now that there are so many aftermarket tuning options for the R56?

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MINI USA Recognizes Craig Wilcox As Winner of SCCA Prosolo Series

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News, R56 (Hatch) Nov 5th, 2014 1 Comment

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A hearty MF congrats to Craig Wilcox for once again taking MINI to the top of the ProSolo Series!

Official Release: MINI USA is proud to congratulate long time MINI owner Craig Wilcox on finishing as the Year-End Points Winner in the Tire Rack® SCCA® ProSolo® Series. Wilcox, a Blue Springs, Mo., resident, drove his 2012 MINI Cooper S Hardtop to victory lane at Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska, on August 31. It was the third time Wilcox finished as the Year-End Points Winner in the ProSolo Series.

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MINI Takes the Unofficial Front Wheel Drive Nurburgring Record

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, R56 (Hatch), Video Oct 18th, 2014 5 Comments

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Sport Auto’s resident racer just took a modified JCW R56 around the ‘Ring is a smoking 7:44. That’s over 45 seconds faster than a stock JCW. With 290 hp you could understand why. But it’s also the roll cage and full KW coil over system, Drexler LSD and Dunlop Direzza 03Gs that allowed such an incredible time. Click through to see it all happen in under eight minutes. continued →

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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