The Mini Cooper isn’t for everyone, but it’s not supposed to be. If you can deal with the cutesy-retro looks and the relatively small size, you’re in for one of the most fun and surprisingly practical motoring experiences around. What do you need to know before you buy a Mini Cooper? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you…
This is Stuart Lewis-Evans and Tony Harris in September 1953, lowering their Cooper 500 Formula 3 racing car from the roof of a Land Rover at the Crystal Palace race circuit. Awesome doesn't even describe it.
Mini will return to the World Rally Championship next year with this kitted-up Mini Cooper Countryman S, powered by a 1.6-liter DI fourbanger gently massaged by BMW. Expect regular Mini drivers to begin dressing as Paddy Hopkirk for Halloween.
Sixteen-year-old Savannah Rickli has been racing go-karts since she was seven, and she currently competes in a modified Mini Cooper. She just finished the dangerous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and wants to win the Indy 500 next.
Porsche has declined Mini's offer to pit a 911 Carrera S against Mini Cooper S at Road Atlanta next week. Here is Porsche Cars North America President Detlev Von Platen explanation for why.
Further proof that the people behind the Bondage Mini have all the good drugs: This video is a 104-second ode to the joy of the branded geek-out. Never trust the Germans with plywood.
This Ikea-like box for a Mini Cooper tossed on an Amsterdam curb just after Christmas is a clever piece of viral advertising. Until, of course, you remember Ikea furniture is poorly constructed, cheap and easily destroyed.
Winter brings cold temperatures. Cold slows down chemical reactions and can play hell with the performance of healthy batteries. As expected, Mini E drivers in the Northeast are seeing much-decreased range from their lithium-ion packs. Laws of physics FTW, y'all.