Owen Developments Ltd, UK forced induction specialists and official turbo supplier to both the British Touring Car Championship and the FIA Formula 2 Championship, has announced a new technical partnership with the UK’s long running MINI Challenge series.
Following the success of the MINI Graphite Special Edition in 2009/2010, a new MINI Hatch special edition will go on sale in the UK for 12 months from March 2011.
The MINI Clubman Hampton is painted in Reef Blue Metallic, a colour specially developed for this edition, with black roof and rear door surrounds.
The John Cooper Works models have long offered the pinnacle of MINI performance and excitement for sport-oriented drivers. From April 2011 a Sports Pack, closely aligned to the JCW models is available for all models of the MINI Hatch and Convertible to enhance exterior and interior individual style and offer more dynamic driving responses.
The MINI Cooper S name first graced the classic Mini back in 1963 and during the ensuing 48 years it has consistently been feted as the ultimate performance Mini, having won the Monte Carlo rally three times and countless other races and rallies around the globe.
For an impressive ninth year in a row, MINI’s commitment to manufacturing frugal and fast premium small cars has been recognised as the MINI Hatch is named ‘Supermini of the Year’ by BusinessCar Magazine.
MINI arrives at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit fuelled by innovative and sustainable ideas and an across-the-board focus on driving fun and individuality.
Spanish driver Daniel “Dani” Sordo will strengthen the new MINI WRC Team in the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship. He will team up with Kris Meeke (GB) when MINI makes its return to rallying with the MINI WRC this coming season.
A new MINI design concept will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) which will be held between January 10 and 23, 2011. The MINI Paceman Concept is the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small segment of the market.
Mondial Assistance UK is launching an iPhone App to provide roadside assistance services to MINI owners. Designed to help owners who get into motoring difficulty, the App provides a direct link to MINI Emergency Service and is a further development of “Direct Assist”, launched earlier this year.
After 10 successful years at MINI Design, Gert Volker Hildebrand is handing over the running of the MINI Design studio to Anders Warming at the end of 2010. Gert Hildebrand will be leaving the company on 31.12.2010.
The MINI Countryman breaks new ground in delivering the brand’s hallmark driving fun to anything up to five seats, while simultaneously taking on role model status in terms of safety.
Following his headline performance at MINI’s 50th Birthday extravaganza at Silverstone in 2009, mod rock legend Paul Weller has collaborated with MINI to create a one off car which will be sold in a live global online auction with all proceeds going to charity.
BMW and MINI dealerships have launched a brand new customer service system that allows every customer to rate their experience on a five star scale and to write specific comments.
Rally legends Paddy Hopkirk and David Richards will go head to head driving MINIs at the RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge this weekend.
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