MINI has announced today that the “new MINI Countryman World Rally Car has successfully completed its shakedown phase at Prodrive’s private proving ground in Warwickshire.” Mini said that the Mini Countryman World Rally Car completed the initial part of the car’s test and development with the engineering team driving the car over four days, primarily on tarmac, but also including several KMs on loose surfaces and Prodrive’s low grip facility. The prototype will now travel to Portugal for a week of testing on gravel.
“As with any totally new car, it is vital to take time to ensure all the systems are working as intended before embarking on a week long gravel test,” said David Lapworth, Prodrive technical director.
The Berk Technology N54 based 135i Time Attack car ripped up its competition this season. Since its racing season is nearly over, the car’s secrets have now been unveiled. In fact, many parts of its recipe for speed come from Bimmerpost sponsors. See the great writeup inside.
Matt Thorne is bringing Twitter to real life, and it involves the MINI factory. On Sunday, September 12th (between 10am and 4pm) any Twitter direct messages sent to thescribblybot twitter account will be read by an industrial robot and written out freestyle on a whiteboard in front of hundreds of visitors to BMW
See inside for the the entire list of changes that will take place to most BMW models beginning in September 2010 when the 2011 model year begins for most models. This is a must read primer on ALL changes coming.
MR Car Design Design has announced its BMW 335i "Black Scorpion" package. This 335i packs an extra 30% hp increase over stock with 406hp and 530Nm torque. The extra power is achieved with a ECU software, XXL intercooler and a performance exhaust system with new catalytic converters. A KW V3 coilover suspension serves to help the driver deal with all the extra power when handling.
Cosmetic modifications include a set of 20" Breyton Spirit alloy wheels and 235/30F 285/25R tires and a factory M3 hood.
Pricing is as follows:
- ECU tune (849 EUR)
- XXL intercooler (899 EUR)
- Exhaust system (850 EUR)
This is the story of a very unconventional parking adventure. All members of the MINI family have just gotten a sharp new look (facelift), and this TV spot is a classic cat and mouse involving them engaged in a little sibling rivalry. Watch it now.
We bring you the first sighting of the next generation 6-series coupe (F12) testing on the Nurburgring. The last coupe sightings were back in April and only F13 convertibles have been spotted since. This comes as no surprise as the coupe is scheduled for production a few months after the start of convertible production.
Judging by the exhaust and premium sport wheels, this appears to be a 650i coupe.
Here is the BMW announced production schedule for the F12 / F13 6-series coupe and convertible.
March 2011 – 650cv
July 2011 – 650cp
September 2011 – 640cp/cv
September 2011 – 650xi cp/cv
Follow our full F12/F13 6-series coverage at http://www.bimmerpost.com/6-series
BMW has plans for a product push over the next decade to ward off increasing Audi and Mercedes sales. This will be accomplished through the addition of new models to the BMW lineup, including the 4dr 6-series Gran Coupe, BMW FWD vehicles, new MINI vehicles, added factory capacities and new plants, and increasing sales in the world’s largest growing car market – China.
A mystery BMW has surfaced at dontblogaboutthis.com. No info is provided on it except some teaser videos and photos. It wears the VED (Vision Efficientdynamics Concept), so could it be a VED production version? Judging by the tall skinny wheels our guess is a hybrid/electric/alternative fuel vehicle of some sort.
Tuning of the current generation M3 continues to advance impressively, such as Manhart’s latest M3 creation – the Manhart Racing V8RS Biturbo M3 with 733hp. This beast features a twin turbo v8 transplant, 205mph top speed, 8 speed DCT, CF seats, hood, spoilers, diffuser and lightweight doors. Titanium dual tip exhaust system, BBS challenge wheels, 8 piston front / 4 piston rear pistons!