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Watch MINI at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring All Weekend

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Video Jun 21st, 2014 1 Comment

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While MINI isn’t taking a full factory effort to the 24 Hour of the Nurburgring this year, there are still plenty of the small cars running around the 16 mile circuit. You can follow all the action on Youtube after the break. continued →

Official: MINI USA to support Tyler Palmer in 2014 Pirelli world challenge Series

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News May 23rd, 2014 No Comments

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Official Release: MINI USA is proud to announce Tyler Palmer as the newest addition to the MINI Motorsports program. Palmer, a California native, will make his MINI Motorsports debut this weekend as the Pirelli World Challenge® Series makes its first trip to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

Last season, Palmer made a total of eight trips to the podium in his nine Pirelli World Challenge starts, including third place and runner-up finishes at the Cadillac Sonoma Grand Prix. In the same year, the then 19-year-old driver claimed fourth and second place finishes in Rounds 9 & 10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The rookie sensation also capped off a remarkable 2013 season with a pair of wins at the FOAMETIX Grand Prix of Houston.

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Large MINI Contingent at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Motorsports, Official News Mar 27th, 2014 No Comments

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Official Release: The FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies is in full swing. The next great challenge on the race calendar, the third, comes in the form of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, from 6th to 10th April – the 4th rally of the year. MINI and the Monster Energy X-raid Team travel to the third round of the 2014 season looking to build on solid recent results. continued →

MINI Sets Sights on Defending Cross-Country Rally World Cup

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Motorsports Mar 13th, 2014 No Comments

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MINI and the Monster Energy X-raid team have got their sights set on defending their FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies title. After two World Cup overall victories in a row, MINI, which won the legendary Dakar Rally with the MINI ALL4 Racing for the third time in a row back in January, is title favourite once again for the 2014 season.

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Dakar-winning Team MINI Visits Jay Leno’s Garage

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Countryman Dakar Mar 3rd, 2014 3 Comments

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While comedian Jay Leno is famous for a great many things in his professional life, such as The Tonight Show, it’s his passion projects that have our attention. In particular, his web series Jay Leno’s Garage is a semi-weekly look into Jay’s automotive and motorcycle interests. The show is mostly a vehicle-by-vehicle tour of the enormous warehouse facility Jay refers to as his garage — his own private automotive museum. However, Jay also brings in guests from time to time who have something he thinks his viewers might be interested in. MF readers may remember a couple months back when Jay featured the TWINI — a twin-engined JCW R53 racing car — on the show.

In this week’s episode, Jay leaves the comforts of his garage for the heat of the desert to meet up with Nani Roma, this year’s winner of the Dakar Rally, and to get a better look at his Team MINI racing car.

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Official: MINI Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Monte Carlo Rally Win

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Motorsports, Official News Jan 24th, 2014 2 Comments

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The Mini Monty Carlo Rally three-peat is a staple of MINI enthusiast culture to this day. While familiar to most, it’s not an accomplishment to be taken lightly. Severely out-classed, the Mini team showed what small can really do. Today MINI’s motorsports presence has evolved, but is no less accomplished. Racing in MINI-only leagues, GRAND-AM (now part of AMLS), WRC and now three time Dakar champions, the MINI brand keeps having fun going fast. While the racing landscape has changed tremendously, MINI has kept racing a priority and that is a remarkable thing. From the nearly stock in Class B GRAND-AM, to the highly specialized BMW Group monsters of Dakar, we’re just excited that there are MINIs out there being driven in anger. Even better when they win!

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Official: MINI Wins the Dakar Third Year Straight, Takes Entire Podium

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar Jan 18th, 2014 19 Comments

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Joan “Nani” Roma wins the 2014 Dakar Rally // Three MINI ALL4 Racing cars on the podium.

Official Release: He has done it! Joan “Nani” Roma (ES) in the yellow MINI ALL4 Racing has won the 2014 Dakar Rally. The Monster Energy X-raid Team driver finished the toughest rally challenge in the world just 5:32 minutes in front of his teammate Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) in the black MINI ALL4 Racing. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) in the predominantly white MINI ALL4 Racing finished 3rd. The podium was firmly in hand of the MINI cars, which once again proved to be reliable and fast throughout the whole event.

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