MINI JCW Team Ready For Daytona – P3 On The Grid

MINI JCW Team Ready For Daytona – P3 On The Grid
With four practice sessions and qualifying complete at the Daytona International Speedway, the only team racing under the MINI label again is ready to take on their second full season of Street Tuner competition. Ready for Daytona, and what’s technically their third season of IMSA racing, the MINI JCW Team returns with three entries ready to compete in 2017. Mat Pombo... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 10 – Disastrous Setback

Dakar 2017 – Stage 10 – Disastrous Setback
MINI John Cooper Works Rally and All4 racing has returned to Dakar after another canceled stage. The day’s route from Chilecito – San Juan was 751 km of mud and mess. Recent monsoon like weather has all but illiminated passable routes through the South American rally. Yawed Al Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk in their MINI John Cooper Works Rally challenged frontrunners and finished 4th... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 8 – Weather Woes

Dakar 2017 – Stage 8 – Weather Woes
Stage eight of the 2017 Dakar Rally continues to pressure both competitors and official with weather related challenges. Today’s route from Uyuni, Bolivia to Salta, Argentina began by cutting 73km from the beginning of the route due to mudslides. Later, race organizers were forced to shorten the end point when they learned the road to Salta was impassable. In addition, stage... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 7 – Weekend Roundup

Dakar 2017 – Stage 7 – Weekend Roundup
After two days off, Dakar returns to racing with stage 7 and an alternate route to make up for missed portions of stage 6. Stage 6 was canceled by officials after multiple teams faced difficulty transiting to that stage start point due to a flooded route. The route from La Paz to Uyuni covered 622 km of mostly sandy terrain. Mikko... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 5 – Rain Shortened And Lost

Dakar 2017 – Stage 5 – Rain Shortened And Lost
In a rain shortened stage from Tupiza to Oruro, Bolivia, multiple MINI teams struggled to maintain a high finishing position. The scheduled route of 692km was reduced to only 219 after race officials decided the planned route was impassable. Yazeed Al-Rajhi did return to competition after yesterday’s withdrawal, but his scoring is still subject to an appeal from Dakar. Over a dozen competitors... Read More

Street Tuner Racing Season Begins – The Roar 2017

Street Tuner Racing Season Begins – The Roar 2017
  As usual, the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) is taking advantage of Florida’s mild weather in Daytona. The Roar Before The 24 is the only sanctioned opportunity for IMSA teams to get on track before the season. In CTSC racing this brings Grand Sport and Street Tuner cars to Daytona International Speedway just weeks before their first event at the same... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 4 – MINI’s First Podium

Dakar 2017 – Stage 4 – MINI’s First Podium
Another successful rally day, as Stage 4 of the 2017 Dakar Rally brought more great results for MINI competitors. The first of six straight days at high altitude brought a series of sandy dunes as an added challenge. Mikko Hirvonen brought his #303 MINI John Cooper Works Rally into the finish at Tupiza, Bolivia in 2nd place. The highest finish... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 3 – MINIs Moving Up

Dakar 2017 – Stage 3 – MINIs Moving Up
Day three of the 2017 Dakar Rally ran 780km from San Miguel de Tucumán – San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina. Higher temperatures and altitudes proved a challenge for many teams, especially with the added complexity of this year’s first true off-road segments. Mikko Hirvonen and Michel Périn in the 303 MINI John Cooper Works Rally had a very strong day, finishing 4th... Read More

BMW Group US: December and Annual Sales

BMW Group US: December and Annual Sales
2016 has come to a close, and as monthly reports have continuously shown, the year did not show positive results for BMW or MINI in the United States. With new models arriving for both brands, insiders are optimistic for 2017. “The New Year brings optimism for the year ahead and now we’re looking forward to the Detroit Auto Show next... Read More

BMW Group CES 2017 – Autonomous Vehicles

BMW Group CES 2017 – Autonomous Vehicles
Join us live with BMW from CES as they introduce their latest technology concept, Autonomous Vehicles. BMW regularly premieres concept technology like this at the Consumer Electrics Show, and many of these feature make it into future models. For the MINI minded driver, autonomous vehicles like this could be a feature available in future MINI generations. Autonomous Vehicles Presentation The BMW... Read More