Wordless Wednesday – Interior Delight

For this week’s edition of Wordless Wednesday, we here at Mini of Ontario decided to look within – within the Mini Coupé, that is. With its pops of red and its sleek lines, being behind the wheel of the Coupé is always a good place to be.


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Top Gear puts Mini to the test

Whether you’re a car enthusiast from the EU or an auto aficionado from the U.S., Top Gear is top notch. For more than 30 years, the show’s hosts have made it a program worth tuning in to. It is, in fact, the world’s most widely watched factual television program.

In the following episode that we here at Mini of Ontario posted below, Top Gear hosts an epic car battle between Germany and the U.K. This video, which is the second installment of a two-part series, includes a Mini Cooper hatchback battle between host Jeremy Clarkson and Sabine Schmitz, a former German professional racecar driver for BMW.

Most of the Mini action takes place from the beginning until a little after the third minute. But even after the matchup switches over to non-Mini vehicles, the Top Gear antics are hard to put down. We hope you enjoy it!

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Mini’s Paceman and its 5 standout qualities

The Mini Paceman serves as the world’s first sports activity coupé in the premium small and compact vehicle segment, and Mini takes that status quite seriously. As the benchmark for sporty style, it exhibits unmatched design from the inside out. Safety and engineering also make this seventh model in the brand family a hallmark for peace of mind when getting from point A to point B.

According to a recent press release from the BMW Group, the following five elements are what make the Paceman a must-have vehicle when maneuvering through the urban jungle.

  1. Design: powerful stature, sporty and elegant coupé lines.
  2. Interior: exclusive ambience, impressive variability.
  3. The drivetrain: powerful engines, optional ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.
  4. The chassis: a new take on the go-kart feeling.
  5. Safety: Comprehensive equipment and high-quality comfort-enhancing features.

To get the details on each of these aspects of the Paceman, stop by the Mini of Ontario dealership. We’d be happy to give you the rundown.

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Mini takes to the water

Mini cars never cease to amaze the folks here at Mini of Ontario. But it may be hard to top the most recent feat performed by a Mini Cooper convertible. According to the editors at BankRate.com, this amazing little mini essentially walked on water – well, drove.

“Boston-area spectators at the Head of the Charles Regatta saw a red Mini Cooper convertible boat fashioned like the car, motoring along the Charles River last weekend during the races,” the editors relayed. “The Mini boat was the only vessel on the race course other than the rowing competitors and was used by race officials to monitor competitor safety during the races.”

They went on to say that the unique boat was built by ACI Composites Inc. ACI Composites is a premiere custom fiberglass fabricator, which produces fiberglass components and products for the architectural, commercial and industrial markets in North America.

“The Mini convertible boat was created using a fiberglass mold of a 2004 Mini, which was then mounted to a boat hull and embellished with original Mini parts including headlights, taillights, grille, steering wheel, wheels and tires,” BankRate.com explained. “It will be used at other events in the eastern U.S. throughout the month.”

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Mini heads to the North Pole for a Guinness World Record

This Nov. 24, Mini’s heading to the North Pole with a Christmas mission. According to a recent BMW Group press release, a convoy of Minis will travel from the BMW Group headquarters in Munich, Germany, to Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus in Lapland, Finland. The fleet of Minis, including the Clubman, Countryman, Hatchback, Coupe, Roadster and Cabrio, will all be carrying letters written by children from around the world.

“At the same time, Mini will be competing for the Official Guinness World Records attempt by trying to assemble the longest wishlist to Santa Claus,” the BMW Group editors explained. “In order to set this world record, Mini has involved a total of 16 markets, spanning enough countries to amaze even Santa Claus himself, who certainly knows a lot about world tours.”

In past blog postings here at Mini of Ontario, we’ve highlighted a handful of Guinness World Records set by the already world-famous line of Mini vehicles. And today’s is no different – except for the nearly 2,000 miles Mini will cover on its Christmas journey, of course.

Multiple countries, including Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Russia, the United States and Singapore, will participate in the holiday event.

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Wordless Wednesday – Austin Mini S

From time to time, we here at Mini of Ontario will stumble on a photo of an old Mini that just melts our hearts. So was the case with the photo shown below of the Austin Mini S, which is in absolutely pristine condition.

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Mini versus the Nürburgring

At 17.5 miles, the old Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, is the longest racetrack in the world. Nicknamed “the Green Hell,” it has also been referred to as the most difficult racetrack to maneuver.

Put those two designations together and you could certainly consider it the most famous circuit on the entire planet. And you wouldn’t be alone; the editors responsible for the official Mini YouTube channel have recognized it as such. And along with it, they decided to put the Mini John Cooper Works GP to the test on it.

“The engineering behind the most sport-focused Mini of all time was years in the making, and the crowning touch of that development for engineers comes during chassis setting,” say the editors at Mini. “Here precision and raw motorsport instinct combine – on the most famous racetrack in the world – to perfect the final product.”

So check out the video, which we here at Mini of Ontario posted below. And watch the Mini John Cooper Works GP take on the Nürburgring.

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