Monthly Archives: December 2011

MINI at the Dakar 2012

Dakar 2012 MINI ALL4 Racing

Tomorrow marks the start of 2012 and for the X-raid Team it is the start of the Dakar 2012 rally.  The desert race runs from January 1st to 15th starting in Mar del Plata, Argentina and finishing in Lima Peru.  The X-raid Team entered five MINI ALL4 Racing Countryman rally cars.

The MINI Motorsport website has Dakar 2012 information including the car (MINI ALL4 Racing Countryman), the X-raid Team, and the route.

View the X-raid Team website with vehicle specifications and a Dakar 2012 photo gallery.

DakarOfficial Dakar links:

Download the official mobile app from the Android Market (free) or Apple App Store ($0.99).

classic Mini archive by MK1 Performance Conversions

MK1 Performance Conversions website

If you visit the Library of Motoring for the MINI archive of ads, books, brochures, and manuals and are a fan of the classic Mini, check out the website of MK1 Performance Conversions.  This UK website has an extensive archive of classic Mini advertisements, brochures, documents, press releases, and manuals.

MINI TROPHY 2012 replaces MINI CHALLENGE series

Coming Soon: MINI TROPHY 2012

Word has emerged from several former MINI CHALLENGE (Germany) racing teams that the abruptly-canceled MINI CHALLENGE series will be replaced by a new MINI TROPHY series in 2012.  The new series will run under the ADAC GT Masters regulations.  We’ll post more information as the details become known.

The website for the MINI TROPHY series is at

MINI collaborates with Matter Magazine to promote the MINI Coupe


MINI collaborated with Matter Magazine to promote the MINI Coupe with a new website

The project consisted of a roadtrip covering 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) in 12 days to 8 cities: Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Timisoara, Bucharest, Sofia, Thessaloniki, and Istanbul.  Follow the adventure with video, words, and photos.


the MINI Roadster Adventure Room


In October we showed you the MINI Coupé Adventure Room which is a MINI UK microsite devoted to the new MINI Coupe (which is just one of the countries that have this, the US not included).  The site has been expanded to include the MINI Roadster.

Inside of the “Room”, MINI has ten multimedia and interactive sections:

  1. Get a First Look. This a gallery of illustrations of the MINI Roadster.
  2. Step Inside. Tour the inside of the Roadster with an interactive viewer.
  3. Ready for a Close Up? View the Making-of MINI Adventures. Part 1″ video.
  4. Do Try This at Home. “Learn how to catch the rays in style with this handy demonstration video.”
  5. MINI 24 Hour Endurance Race. This is a photo gallery of images from the 24 hour race at the Nürburgring.
  6. Get Blown Away.  Photos of the MINI Coupe undergoing wind-tunnel testing.
  7. Slots of Colours.  The interactive “slot machine” creates random images of the Coupe in three colors.
  8. The Adventure Never Ends.  Another photo gallery of the MINI Coupe, this time for MINIInternational.
  9. Coupé in the Limelight.  Behind-the-scenes video from the MINIInternational photoshoot.
  10. Design Meets Coupé.  “MINI Coupé: Inside the Design Team” video where Anders Warming interviews the design team.


MINI JCW Countryman reviews

MINI JCW Countryman preview

As we announced on Tuesday, MINI will produce a John Cooper Works Countryman next year.  Many automobile magazines sent writers to Austria to preview the new model.  Here are reviews from several of the major automotive sources:

Auto Express: MINI Countryman JCW [December 14, 2011]

Autoblog: 2012 MINI Countryman Cooper S ALL4 John Cooper Works [December 16, 2011]

Autocar: MINI Countryman JCW on the way [December 13, 2011]

Automobile Magazine: First Drive: 2012 MINI JCW Countryman ALL4 Prototype [December 14, 2011]

Car and Driver: 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman [December 14, 2011]

Classic Driver: Prototype drive in the new JCW MINI Countryman [December 13, 2011] (Google translation from German version)

Motor Trend: First Drive: 2012 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 John Cooper Works Prototype [December 20, 2011]

What Car?: MINI Countryman John Cooper Works review [December 13, 2011]

MINI United 2012 confirmed for May 2012

MINI United 2012
The MINI calendar is filling up for 2012.  Yesterday MINI USA confirmed MINI Takes the States 2012 for “next Summer”.  Today MINI confirmed that MINI United will take place from May 11-13, 2012 in France.  From the BMW PressClub website:

MINI United 2012: French connection for fourth edition of MINI festival.


Munich/Le Castellet. MINI United time is here again! The international community growing up around the British small car brand is set to come together for the fourth running of a very special open-air festival; MINI has announced the date and venue for what is sure to be a spectacular event. MINI aficionados and music fans alike should set aside the weekend of 11 – 13 May 2012 in their diaries and programme the destination Le Castellet – or, more precisely, the Circuit Paul Ricard – in France into their sat-navs. Lying in wait for the MINI United 2012 crowd at the circuit, which played host to Formula One races over several decades, will be a top-class line-up featuring live music acts, motor sport, lifestyle action and MINI Community activities.

Some 25,000 fans from more than 40 nations flocked to Silverstone in England for the MINI United festival in 2009 to celebrate not only the third Community catch-up but also the 50th anniversary of the brand’s founding. However, the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet offers enough space for even the Silverstone masses to be exceeded in number. Indeed, the event programme is richer in depth and variety than ever before. Live appearances by leading lights of the international music and DJ scene, fun sporting activities, stunt shows and driving experiences on the track, exhibitions of accessories, current MINI and Classic Mini cars on display, and the exclusive presentation of a new MINI model ensure an attractive blend of al fresco party, shared experience and MINI action in every shape and form.

An extensive entertainment programme for younger MINI fans is guaranteed, as are a broad spread of culinary treats laid on by various restaurants, bars and catering stations. Other essential features of a MINI United festival are the MINI Club Area and Beauty Parking, which serves as both a car park and stage for the more strikingly styled members of the MINI fleet. Indeed, for the majority of the fans at the fourth MINI United festival, driving to the venue in their own MINI will be the perfect way of getting into the mood for a weekend among the MINI Community.

Further information on MINI United 2012 is now available at Regular updates on the event programme, motor sport line-up and MINI Community will also be posted on the site, as well as tips and links on the event location, registration, ticket bookings and accommodation reservations in the area around the venue.

You can purchase your tickets now at

MINI United also has a Facebook page at

MINI Takes the States 2012 confirmed

MTTS 2012 announcementIn a recent email from MINI USA promoting the MINI Countryman, the last section dropped this piece of information about MINI Takes the States 2012:


Here’s a bold New Year’s resolution: attend the biggest MINI road rally in America. It’s called MINI TAKES THE STATES and it’s back again in 2012. More details will be available in late January, but we’ve been getting lots of questions about it so we wanted to let everyone know that we are indeed gearing up for another one of our epic cross-country road rallies. To get an idea of what MTTS is all about, picture a caravan of MINIs stretched as far as the eye can see, with food, music & miles of motoring fun. Or, just check out the highlights from 2010.


Based on that statement, it appears that MTTS 2012 will have a similar structure to MTTS 2006: a coast-to-coast rally.