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MINI has always been an out-of-the-box kind of company, and anytime it can try out something new, it won’t hesitate to do so.

The upcoming debut of the third-generation MINI Cooper was the perfect opportunity for MINI to do something really unique and true to form, it’s going to do just that.

Specifically, MINI will give three lucky people the chance to attend the new Cooper’s unveiling on November 18th at any one of three locations around the globe where it will make its debut: Los Angeles, London or Shanghai.

Getting a chance to put your name in the lot is pretty easy. All you need to do is head over to the new Cooper’s dedicated website, follow the instructions, and you’re one step closer to being chosen as one of the lucky few to get an up-close look at the next-generation Cooper.

And in case you don’t get chosen, don’t feel too bad because the new Cooper will make its public debuts soon at both the Tokyo Motor Show next month and the Los Angeles Auto Show before the end of the year.

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Jethro Bovingdon from the British magazine EVO wanted to find out what the best track car of 2013, so he made a test that included some of the coolest cars out there: the McLaren 12C GT Can-Am , Caterhan Seven 620R , Radical RXC , BAC Mono , Litchfield Subaru BRZ Spec S , Mini JCW GP , Supercharged Ariel Atom 3.5 and Porsche Cayman S .

The test was made at the Blyton Park and the result seems to be a little bit surprising. Of course, we will not ruin the surprise and will let you watch for yourself to see that car was declared "Track Car of the Year."

All we can tell is that you will be surprise to see that the Cayman S was just a couple of seconds behind the 380-horsepower Radical RXC, which, by the way, weights only 900 kilos (1,984 pounds).

Enjoy the video and trust us it worth spending half an hour watching it!

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We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the 2014 Mini Cooper , and we’ve even seen leaked imaged. Heck, we even had Mini officials complaining that leaked images didn’t represent the newly redesigned models properly. Well, Mini is now starting the flow of next-gen information by releasing a very in-depth presser that outlines the chassis, engine and safety updates to the soon-to-be-revealed models.

This press release, which dropped late last night, confirms that the new Mini models will feature three- and four-cylinder powerplants, ranging from a petite 1.5-liter, three-banger up to a 2.0-liter, four-pot that nearly reaches the 200-horsepower mark. Along with these new engines will comes an all-new driveline that will help deliver increase fuel economy across the range.

The chassis will also get some nice refinements that will offer up precision handling and a comfortable ride all at the same time.

Click past the jump to read more about the next-gen Mini technology

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While we are waiting for Mini to finally unveil the 2014 Cooper , the company decided to come up with a pretty cool concept car that previews the new model. The concept is called "Vision" and it is based on a virtual 3D hologram.

The new Vision concept features an evolutionary design that combines classic styling cues with a "future-focused aesthetic and technical innovations." Alongside an innovative design language, the new Vision Vision concept features interactive gadgets, such as the Driving Experience Control switch, which offers a glimpse of what the future will bring for Mini models. The concept also features a sweet Glamorous Gold paint finish that we’ve never seen before on a Mini model.

Mini unveiled the new Vision concept at today’s MINI Design@Home event with Chief Designer Anders Warming. The production version is expect to arrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Vision.

You gotta love MINI . The German automaker has never been the type to follow convention and for the most part, that’s been one of its most endearing qualities.

And true to form, it managed to outdo itself yet again with the presentation of its Getaway Cars series just in time for the summer season. One of these cars, called the Cowley Caravan, might just want to make you pack up your bags and head out to the woods for the weekend.

Named after the historic Cowley factory that is now known as Plant Oxford, the Cowley Caravan offers those weekend warriors a luxurious overnight solution to make those camping trips a truly memorable experience. The teardrop-shaped trailer will undoubtedly turn some heads but what’s inside it will definitely make some mouths drool in the process.

Among the features inside the caravan include a pair of comfortable sleeping berths, a twin-burner gas stove, and - get this - its own water tank that comes complete with pump and sink facility.

There’s also an on-board batter that can be charged by a solar module and a 230-volt connection that allows you to get the fridge up and running. And for entertainment, the Crowley Caravan also has a TV/DVD and some audio equipment to ensure that your weekend camping trip won’t go without you wishing you were back at home.

Talk about the ultimate camping experience, MINI has all your needs in spades - and then some.

Click past the jump to read about the MINI Cooper

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A few days ago, we brought you some spy shots showing thenext-generation Mini Cooper wearing less camouflage than ever. Today, we get a good look at the Cooper S version to start stripping.

Our spy photographers caught the Cooper S testing on the public roads in Germany , and just like with the standard Cooper, it has started showing the front bumper, redesigned headlights, and the new taillight graphics.

The next Mini Cooper will be built on BMW’s new UKL platform that will also be shared with the next-generation BMW 1 Series and will be offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions. For the first time, Mini will offer a new family of three-cylinder engines, along with the usual four-cylinder ones.

The new-generation Mini Cooper will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . For the first time, the Cooper will be offered in ten different body versions.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Mini Cooper.

From one iconic car model to another, Mini took the rather unexpected but ultimately gracious step in wishing Porsche’s legendary 911 a happy 50th birthday.

Maybe it’s not that surprising, considering that it’s coming from Mini, a company that has made an art out of steering away from the skid. But Mini Mini isn’t just sending birthday wishes to Porsche. No, that would’ve been too easy and not up to the standards of the Mini Way.

What it did was take the time to participate in a dedicated photos shoot that brought together a classic Mini and a first-generation Porsche 911 Targa; two cars that not only defined their respective car markets, but also came to the photo shoot dressed in equal doses of lime yellow.

The move is admirable considering that both companies are owned by different German auto conglomerates (BMW for Mini and Volkswagen for Porsche). It’s also a shrewd move by the British brand that somehow always gets to promote itself when it’s not trying to.

Click past the jump to read the press release and more about the first-gen 911 Targa

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Its been a while since our spy photographers last caught the next generation Mini Cooper out for some testing session. But it looks like all the waiting will be worth it in the end. Today, the next Cooper was spotted testing again, and as you can see from the spy shots its starting to lose some of its camouflage and showing even more of its skin, including the front bumper, the redesigned headlights, and the new taillight graphics.

The new Mini Cooper will be built on BMW ’s new UKL platform and, for the first time, will be offered with a choice of three-cylinder engines, next to the conventional four-cylinder lineup.

Rumors suggest that the new generation Cooper will be offered in ten different body versions, with the base version to be revealed in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini Cooper.

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For this year’s Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, Mini has prepared something rather interesting and unusual for an automaker: a boat based on the Cooper Convertible . This special Chili Red Cooper will be "driven" on water along the Schuylkill River on May 10th and 11th.

This boat was built as a one-of-a-kind project and was developed as part of the MINI USA’s Not Normal sales event last October. It is powered by an outboard motor that delivers a total of 6 horsepower. The boat features a fiberglass mold of the car mounted to a boat hull and comes accessorized with lots of authentic Mini parts like headlights, taillights, grille, steering wheel, badges, wheels and tires. The wheels are trimmed to rotate, so that even though it is a boat, it will appear like a car driving on the water.

The Mini boat was constructed by ACI Composites Inc., based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Back in July, Mini announced that its John Cooper Works GP clocked in an impressive time of 8:23 at Nürburgring, giving due justice to its designation as the fastest production MINI ever.

We’re saying this because a recent video from Sport Auto shows test drive editor Christian Gebhardt getting behind the wheel of a Schirra Motoring MINI Cooper endurance race car, which proceeded to hit the Nurburgring and post a time of 8:58.

It’s an impressive time in its own right, but well short of what the JCW GP accomplished a few months ago. It smashed this time despite the fact that this endurance car comes packed with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that has been equipped with new pistons and high-performance camshafts, netting an output of 300 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque while achieving a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph.

As an endurance race car, the Shirra Motoring MINI Cooper was fitted with a new aerodynamic body kit that comes with a new front bumper, extended wheel arches and a prominent rear wing. The vehicle also carries a track-oriented suspension, high-performance brakes and a set of Michelin racing tires.

Regardless if it failed to sniff the JCW GP’s Nurburgring lap time, 8:58 is still a pretty awesome time any way you slice it.


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