Wednesday, 21 January 2015

DREAM JOB? Get paid for fixing Minis!


Classic Mini restoration and parts supplier, Somerford Mini, is recruiting a skilled mechanic for their Wiltshire-based workshop.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Introducing the 5-door MINI One First


Five doors and a new basic engine type now make entry into the world of MINI even more convenient and highly economical at the same time. As of March 2015, the model program of the latest generation of the original in the premium segment of small cars will be expanded to include the MINI One First 5 door. As for the new MINI 3 door, this means that the five-door body variant will also offer a range of seven engine types to choose from.
 

Like all representatives of the latest model generation, the MINI One First 5 door is powered by a completely newly conceived engine featuring cutting-edge MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. Its 1.2 3-cylinder spark ignition engine combines turbocharging with petrol direct injection and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS). It generates a peak output of 55 kW/75 hp and a maximum torque of 150 Newton metres which goes on stream at 1,400 rpm, accelerating the new MINI One First 5 door from zero to 100 km/h in 13.4 seconds.

Power transmission to the front wheels is taken care of by a likewise newly developed 6-speed manual transmission offering optimised efficiency, reduced weight and a high level of shift comfort. What is more, an integrated gear sensor enables particularly harmonious and dynamic shifting. The high efficiency of the new drive technology is reflected in an average fuel consumption of 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres. The relevant CO2 emission level of the new MINI One First 5 door is 121 grams per kilometre (EU test cycle figures, dependent on tyre format selected).

 

The market launch of the new basic model expands the engine portfolio of the MINI 5 door (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 - 3.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 92 g/km) to four petrol and three diesel engines, covering an output range of 55 kW/75 hp to 141 kW/192 hp. Hallmark brand agility, characteristic style and the further refined qualities of the latest MINI generation are combined with additional functionality and comfort in all models, resulting not only from the extra doors but also a wheelbase which has been extended by 72 millimetres as compared to the new MINI 3 door. With its three seats at the rear and a luggage compartment which can be expanded from 278 to 941 litres as needed, the brand's first five-door model in the small car segment has everything it takes to attract new target groups to the driving fun that is so typical of MINI.

WIN: Tickets to Mini Fair 2015 this weekend!!


love:mini has teamed up with the organisers of the hugely successful Mini Fair to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets for the event this weekend in Staffordshire. 

DAKAR 2015: Finish

MINI ALL4 Racing secures 11th stage win
 
·         Orlando Terranova wins penultimate stage
·         Vladimir Vasilyev finishes second
 
The MINI ALL4 Racing is virtually unstoppable, in the 2015 Dakar. Today, in the 12th stage – to Rosario – the Argentineans Orlando Terranova and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue, racing for the Monster Energy Rally Raid Team, celebrated their third stage win – and the 11th of the MINI ALL4 Racing at the same time! 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

DAKAR 2015: Stage 12

MINI ALL4 Racing secures 11th stage win

• Orlando Terranova wins penultimate stage
• Vladimir Vasilyev finishes second


The MINI ALL4 Racing is virtually unstoppable, in the 2015 Dakar. Today, in the 12th stage – to Rosario – the Argentineans Orlando Terranova and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue, racing for the Monster Energy Rally Raid Team, celebrated their third stage win – and the 11th of the MINI ALL4 Racing at the same time! 


Friday, 16 January 2015

DAKAR 2015: Stage 11

Successful start into the closing stages of the Dakar

• Qatar Rally Team on the way to securing the overall win
• Just two more stages to go to Buenos Aires


The 11th stage, from Salta to Termas Rio Hondo, also was won by a MINI ALL4 Racing. This means that 10 of the 11 stages contested to date were won by the rally car designed and built by X-raid.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

DAKAR 2015: Stage 10

Next stage win for the MINI ALL4 Racing

• Qatar Rally Team secures its next success
• Nani Roma with heavy accident


Nine of the 10 Dakar stages contested to date have been won by the MINI ALL4 Racing. Today, it once again was the turn of the Qatar Rally Team pairing Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) / Mathieu Baumel (FRA) who extended their lead in the overall standings by another five minutes, with this success.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

DAKAR 2015: Stage 9

Three MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles on the very top

• First stage win for Nani Roma and Michel PĂ©rin
• Five MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles hold top-10 positions


Today, the navigation proved to be the key factor on the way to success. The navigators of three MINI ALL4 Racing crews delivered in great style and so, they made for a great result.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

DAKAR 2015: Rest Day recap

MINI continues to lead the way as the competitors enter the second part of the 2015 Dakar Rally. With eight stages down, Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR), who have been in front since leg two, lead De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz by 8:27 minutes.

Monday, 12 January 2015

DAKAR 2015: Stage 8

MINI ALL4 Racing: Trouble-free marathon stage

• Orlando Terranova finishes second
• Qatar Rally Team defends its lead

Although the MINI ALL4 Racing failed to win stage eight, following seven consecutive stage wins, the desert racer once again succeeded in demonstrating its extraordinary competitiveness: six MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles made it to the top 10. And in the overall standings, things also look promising, with eight of the MINI ALL4 Racing cars holding top-20 positions.