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Quadruple Win for MINI at Rally Morocco

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News, R60 (Countryman) Oct 10th, 2014 No Comments

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Official Press Release:

Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR) in their MINI ALL4 Racing car have won the prestigious Rally Morocco, the ninth round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The X-raid drivers have shown a dominant performance over six legs, on which the participants covered a total of 1991 kilometres. 1441 of them in special stages. Al-Attiyah/Baumel won three stages and crossed the finish line in the capital of Marrakesh ahead of Monster Energy X-raid driver Orlando Terranova/Rolando Graue (AR/AR).

“It’s a great feeling to win here in Morocco,” Al-Attiyah said at the finish in the capital of Marrakesh. “It was a tough challenge, a lot of difficult sandy parts in the desert, where you could get stuck easily. Some sections were a lot trickier than I expected. But my co-driver Mathieu did a great job as always, he’s a great navigator, who always finds the best route. The MINI ALL4 Racing was again very reliable and nice to drive. I love it and I’m now looking forward to the next big challenge, the 2015 Dakar Rally.” continued →

MINI Among America’s Most Ticketed Cars

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, R60 (Countryman) Oct 1st, 2014 2 Comments

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Well, not really but kind of. According to a study released by insurance.com the MINI Countryman S ranks #16 among the most ticketed cars in the US, with 27.5% of R60 S drivers recently receiving a traffic citation. Insurance.com says results are based on insurance quote requests from 550,000 drivers a month. continued →

MINI ALL4 Racing Prepares for the the Baja Poland

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Motorsports, Official News, R60 (Countryman) Aug 29th, 2014 2 Comments

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Official Release: No rest for the Monster Energy X-raid Team in the 2014 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies as the reigning champion is sending no fewer than four MINI ALL4 Racing cars to compete in the 2014 Baja Poland (28-30 August) barely two weeks after finishing second and third at the Hungarian Baja. With Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU) spearheading the overall standings in their MINI ALL4 Racing and two Polish drivers Krzysztof Holowczyc and Martin Kaczmarski competing in front of their home crowds in two other MINI ALL4 Racing, the Baja Poland promises to become a special World Cup round for the X-raid Team. The German duo Stephan Schott/Holm Schmidt completes the team’s four-car line-up in Poland.

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MINI Countryman the Only Small Car to Earn Good Grade from the IIHS

MotoringFile Sections: R60 (Countryman), Safety Aug 1st, 2014 11 Comments

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The Countryman is now the only car to achieve a good grade among the latest group of 12 cars subjected to the IIHS small overlap front crash test.

The test is more difficult than either the head-on crashes conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the IIHS moderate overlap test. In the small overlap test, the main structures of the vehicle’s front-end crush zone are bypassed, making it hard for the vehicle to manage crash energy. The occupant compartment can collapse as a result.

Read on for the full details and to see it all go down on video. continued →


The 2015 MINI Countryman: Official Specifications & Photo Gallery

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R60 (Countryman) Jul 6th, 2014 7 Comments

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The MINI Countryman has been a massive success for BMW and MINI since its release in 2011. For it’s forth year of production MINI is giving it the typical visual and mechanical refresh. However unlike MINI’s past refreshes, the Countryman has received what has to be the subtlest nip and tuck imaginable.

We’ve detailed the revised Countryman previously on MF (both in the official release and hands-on) but it’s worth revisiting here. continued →

BMW and MINI Engines Earn Engine of the Year Awards

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Official News, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), R60 (Countryman), R61 (Paceman) Jun 25th, 2014 14 Comments

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Official Release: Two class wins in this year’s competition have boosted the BMW Group’s cache of titles acquired in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Award. The two latest accolades go to two power units that manage to combine sporty performance with exemplary efficiency in unique fashion. The 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology – as featured in numerous current BMW models – ranks among the prize-winners for the fourth time. Meanwhile, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that drives the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper S Paceman, among other models, has secured its eighth consecutive class win. continued →


MINI’s Record Long Jump Attempt Goes Awry

MotoringFile Sections: R60 (Countryman), Video Jun 23rd, 2014 5 Comments

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The idea was simple – best the Tanner Foust’s 332 foot jump with a 360 foot jump in a bespoke 1,000 hp MINI Countryman. However things did’t necessarily end well for French rally driver Guerlain Chicherit and MINI. Lucky for him he was able to escape without serious injury. Lucky for us everything has been captured thanks to about a dozen GoPro cams and turned into a 12 minute documentary. Check it out after the break. continued →

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