The Oldest Unrestored Mini In The World Heads To Auction

It might just look like another old Mini in need of some love, but this particular tiny Brit is actually the eighth of the million+ cars built over the models 41 years in production. » 4/22/12 12:30pm 4/22/12 12:30pm

Mini Makes Lame Joke About Vaginal Shaving In Bathroom Ad

Mini is running an advertisement in public bathrooms with the title "Trim Your Posse." The copy at the bottom is even better/worse. » 4/09/12 3:30pm 4/09/12 3:30pm

Farewell To The Original Minnie Cooper

The Mini Cooper was born in 1961, a collaboration between legendary road car designer Sir Alec Issognis and legendary race car designer John Cooper. Minnie Cooper was born on January 19, 1919. She passed away last Saturday, 42 years older than the peppy cars that happen to share her name. » 3/01/12 12:30pm 3/01/12 12:30pm

BMW-Named Cold Front Kills 114 In Europe

In one of the more tragic cases of fun PR gone very wrong, BMW has apologized after a Mini-sponsored weather pattern named "Cooper" turned into a brutal deep freeze that so far has killed over a hundred people in Eastern Europe. » 2/03/12 2:00pm 2/03/12 2:00pm

How I Won The World's Most Famous Rally By (Accidentally) Cheating

Rauno Aaltonen drove a Mini Cooper S to the model's last victory in the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally. It was a stunning victory, but Aaltonen's been harboring a secret. How he actually won. Here, he shares that secret with Autos.Sympatico.ca's Matt Bubbers. —Ed. » 1/16/12 12:00pm 1/16/12 12:00pm

Are The French Discriminating Against NASCAR Driver Robby Gordon?

American Ex-NASCAR driver Robby Gordon was killing it in the opening days of the grueling Dakar 2012 race in South America until a run-in with French favorite Stephane Peterhansel. Then the French-based governing body disqualified Gordon while letting Peterhansel get a pass despite nearly running over a motorcyclist. » 1/12/12 2:00pm 1/12/12 2:00pm

The 2013 Mini Roadster Is The Coupe's Sorority Girlfriend

There may be too many Minis. There, I've said it. This is the sixth. But if we must have another, why not a tiny two-seater convertible? It's cold comfort (until you turn on the heater) but at least the new Mini Roadster is heading in the right direction, size-wise, getting ever-so-slightly smaller than the Mini… » 1/10/12 9:00am 1/10/12 9:00am

Trio of Hillman Imps define project car hell

It's a strange phenomenon, but it seems old rare cars are always able to attract more of their kind whether the owner is conscious of it or not. Sometimes it takes a few years, but usually similar old rusty project cars have a way of attracting others of their breed. Somehow this trio of Hillman Imps, currently listed… » 12/18/11 5:00pm 12/18/11 5:00pm

Mini joins the B-Spec class that will save auto racing

If you haven't heard about B-Spec racing yet, you will. Every major racing sanctioning body in the U.S. — SCCA, Grand Am, NASA and World Challenge — will host B-Spec races in 2012. Honda, Mazda, Kia and Fiat are already in. And now, so is Mini. » 11/16/11 10:30am 11/16/11 10:30am

Mini demos anti-gravity engine in a glass of water

This may look like nothing but a handful of redcurrant berries perfectly balanced by the buoyancy of seltzer water, but don’t be fooled. » 9/14/11 3:00pm 9/14/11 3:00pm

Mini Coupé: More mini

Life must be hard for a high-visibility, successful, small-lineup automotive brand like Mini. Everyone loves your products, but there just aren't enough for people to buy! Our hearts bleed for you, Mini. » 9/14/11 7:30am 9/14/11 7:30am

Race a Mini on the streets of anywhere

Even if you never wanted to design an urban racecourse and share it with a network of like-minded urban-racecourse designers, you can still play Mini Maps, Mini's new Google Maps-fed Facebook game. Just putter around Sheboygan, Wisconsin in a chocolate-brown Mini S with a Swiss flag on its roof. That's what I did. » 9/12/11 1:30pm 9/12/11 1:30pm

How to beg your way into a Group B rally car

At the top of Goodwood is the rally paddock and a 2 minute, 20-second forest stage that I raced down in Ken Block's Ford Fiesta. It was awesome, but the moment I got out of Ken's car I ran straight to the Group B paddock and started begging for rides. I'm riding in a Group B if it's the last thing I do. » 7/15/11 10:30am 7/15/11 10:30am

Mini Cooper Coupe JCW gets a crappy slice of pizza in SoHo

The only people I know that eschew Lombardi's Pizza for Pomodoro's are the Jersey Shore type. Guess that's why the backwards cap-wearing Mini Cooper Coupe (in John Cooper Works trim, no less) was caught there just moments ago, grabbing a slice. Sup, brah! » 7/07/11 6:50pm 7/07/11 6:50pm

Behold, the Original Mini Rocket Tarp

Concept cars, in all their finicky detail, are not the high points of waterproofing. They also need to be revealed with dramatic flair every so often. Hence the need for custom tarps. This one is used by Mini to waterproof and to occasionally reveal with dramatic flair their Rocketman concept, a car so close to yet so… » 6/10/11 4:00pm 6/10/11 4:00pm

The Cooper Coupe is the Mini two-seater we've always wanted

As expected, Mini is bringing to market the car they always should have built — the Mini Cooper Coupe (first unveiled way back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show). It's a two-door, two-seater potentially able to take a tiny shot across the bow of the super-compact sports car class. Daddy like. Well, as long as Daddy… » 6/06/11 8:30am 6/06/11 8:30am

David Bowie’s art Mini is a subversive kind of awesome

The mirror plated supercar is a quintessential part of Gulf Arab car culture, along with the Transformers Camry and the fetishistic application of negative camber. When applied by Britain’s eternal and chamaeleonic rock star David Bowie to a plain old Mini, including all its windows, it becomes something else entirely. » 5/31/11 1:15pm 5/31/11 1:15pm

Mini Speedster gets a manual folding roof

The so-called Mini Speedster/Roadster's rumored to be a stripped down, smaller Mini for those complaining the new model is too big and complex (or just too expensive). Proof they're maybe serious? The possibly manual folding roof seen in spy photos. » 5/25/11 4:30pm 5/25/11 4:30pm

The off-roader Mini should have built

Canadian design team and part-time human mirror Dean and Dan Caten had the rugged MINI "Red Mudder" built for the AIDS event Life Ball, held in Vienna this past weekend. The duo, known as DSQUARED², will auction the dirt-ready Mini for charity. » 5/23/11 1:30pm 5/23/11 1:30pm

Taking flight with the rally-ready Mini Countryman

Reaction to the concept of Mini returning to the World Rally Championships where it once reigned supreme with the bulbous Countryman has been somewhat mixed. Here's video proof from Mini that with enough race prep, pigs can fly. » 5/02/11 2:30pm 5/02/11 2:30pm