Archive for the ‘MINI’ Category

Episode 12 of Project Binky

Project Binky is back and that means AUSmotive awakens from its slumber. Back to Binky; after 11 episodes, spread across two and a half years, Nik comes out with this pearler: “It’s at this point that things start to get a bit tricky.” This episode covers a lot of material, mostly to do with the […]

Episode 11 of Project Binky

Nik and Richard send us into the Christmas break with the eleventh instalment of their epic Project Binky crusade. This time we see the lads working on the steering geometry and transmission setup. As ever it’s an episode filled with pitfalls and problem solving leading to complicated and clever engineering solutions. As for AUSmotive, well […]

VIDEO: Episode 10 of Project Binky

Nik, Richard and the world’s coolest and most over engineered car are back with Episode 10 of Project Binky. Working the Bad Obsession Motorsport lads into a lather this episode were the problems of installing the pedal box and the steering assembly.

Classic Mini Clubman Estate wallpapers

It’s safe to say the release of the new MINI Clubman didn’t exactly capture the attention of the readers. “What a hideous turd,” was the first comment left here on AUSmotive and elsewhere the feedback given freely to MINI wasn’t exactly flattering. It may surprise a few of you to learn that with the release […]

Mikko Hirvonen to make Dakar Rally debut in 2016

Mikko Hirvonen will be helped through the withdrawals of his post-WRC career by competing for the all conquering MINI X-raid Team in the 2016 Dakar Rally (3–16 January). The MINI All4 Racing has won the last four Dakar events. What does Mikko know about the Dakar? Not a lot it turns out, which is why […]

2016 MINI Clubman revealed

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Here’s the new F54 MINI Clubman in all of its full mega pixel glory. It will launch in Australia late this year. We finally see the end of that poxy single-sided rear door that afflicted the first Clubman made under BMW’s stewardship of the MINI brand. The cost of that change has been to make […]

2015 MINI JCW hatch – Australian pricing & specs

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MINI Australia has released pricing and specification details for the new JCW hatch, which will go on sale locally later this month. And it is packed with standard kit! MINI JCW standard equipment (Australian market) 170kW/320Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo 18-inch light alloy wheels Dynamic Damper Control John Cooper Works Sports Seats LED headlights […]

2016 MINI Clubman leaked photos

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The new MINI Clubman is due for its official launch in the next 24 hours but a French MINI dealer has pulled le trigger a little early and the result is this selection of leaked photographs. As is MINI’s style there’s not a lot of change externally from what we saw in the 2014 concept […]

A jet powered MINI, what could possibly go wrong?

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A jet powered MINI on a mildly moist Snetterton race track. It’s all fun and games until the first corner comes along! Thankfully, it appears, the driver emerged unscathed from his fuselage. [Source: Mattzel89]

VIDEO: F56 MINI JCW reviews

Filming and committing a car review to video for the world to see would be much harder than it looks. For one there’s critical people like me willing to cut you down while having no comparable experience. And so, here’s two video reviews for the new 170kW/320Nm MINI JCW that we’re not too sure about. […]

VIDEO: Episode 9 of Project Binky

You eagerly wait months for an update on the extremely cool Project Binky, then go away for a few weeks and miss the latest episode. Don’t you hate that. Fear not, because here is Episode 9 now. Yes, nine episodes are behind us and we’re still looking at an empty shell! But, as you’ll see […]

MINI is going to make a MINI again!

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Good news, MINI is going to make a new model that isn’t an overbloated triumph of marketing over engineering. Don’t get me wrong, I love the MINI brand, but in recent times BMW has found new ways to extract blood from its stone. But now, now, MINI is going to turn the Superleggera Vision into […]