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The 2014 Dakar Rally is Underway & MINI Just Took the Lead

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Motorsports, Video Jan 6th, 2014 No Comments

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The Dakar is underway and MINI has just taken the lead. More specifically Stéphane #Peterhansel and the MINI X-raid team is currently leading Carlos Sainz by 46s.

What’s the Dakar? Let MINI’s 2012 victory recap video explain it to you. And yes, the 0:35 moment is real. continued →

Spied: The MINI E Race Coupe

MotoringFile Sections: MINI E, Motorsports, R58 (Coupe) Dec 19th, 2013 5 Comments

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Something fun for you electric MINI fans out there this morning. UK site GoMotors has spy shots of an all-new electric MINI. Dubbed the MINI E Race Coupe, this is the first electric MINI we’ve seen since the MINI E program shut down. In 2010, MINI set an EV record at the ‘Ring with a MINI E hardtop hatch. That record was later eclipsed (well, obliterated) by the electric Mercedes SLS. continued →

MINI and Team X-Raid Officially Headed Back to Dakar in January

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Official News Dec 12th, 2013 No Comments

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With back-to-back victories, we would certainly hope so.

Official Release: In January 2014, MINI will be lined up with eleven MINI ALL4 Racing, run by the X-raid team, at the Rally Dakar. In 2012 and 2013 the MINI ALL4 Racing was the car to beat at the toughest marathon rally in the world. Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel won the most recent two Dakar editions at the wheel of the MINI ALL4 Racing of the Monster Energy X-raid Team.

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Video: The TWINI on Jay Leno’s Garage

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, JCW, Motorsports, R53 (Coupe), Video Dec 11th, 2013 3 Comments

TWINI on Jay Leno's Garage

No matter your late night viewing loyalties, there’s no denying that Jay Leno is the gear head to end all gear heads. His collection includes motorcycles, antique fire engines, tractors and more cars than one could count. While he calls it his garage, what Jay’s got is a private motor museum of his own making. That facility isn’t open to the public for tours (yet), but Jay shares his passion for all things that turn energy into noise and speed on his long-running web series, Jay Leno’s Garage.

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Team X-Raid Preps for the Dakar in Epic Video

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Motorsports, Video Dec 10th, 2013 No Comments

Must watch. This is a must watch for anyone with a pulse and even a remote interest in motorsports. And be sure to check MF after the first of the year where will be bringing you daily updates on the 2014 Dakar where the team will be going for three wins in a row.

Video after the break.

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2013 MINI Racing Season Wrapping Up

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News Nov 4th, 2013 2 Comments

Official Release from MINI Motorsports: A thrilling and eventful MINI Challenge season is slowly but surely drawing to a close. Time for a review. As well as the series in Argentina, Italy, Great Britain and Switzerland, the protagonists in action in Germany’s MINI TROPHY also ensured the name MINI remains synonymous with excitement.

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Davis Wins Pirelli World Challenge Championship In A MINI

MotoringFile Sections: B-Spec, Motorsports, Official News Oct 28th, 2013 2 Comments

Official Release from MINI USA: Robbie Davis won the Touring Car B-Spec Championship in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship in his MINI Cooper, run by the MINI of Charleston Racing Team. The American, who since 2007 has lined up in numerous series with a modified MINI Cooper S, produced a courageous performance in his adopted home of Houston. He refused to be denied by a crash and fought back to finish in the points while his closest rivals faltered.

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