When production of the classic Mini ceased in 2000, BMW (the new owner of the brand) announced the successor to the Mini—which is variously called the "BMW MINI" or the "New MINI". The brand name for the new car is MINI (written in capital letters)
In 2004 the 911 was heavily revised and the 996's replacement, the 997, was unveiled in July. The 997 keeps the basic profile of the 996, bringing the drag coefficient down to 0.28, but draws on the 993 for detailing. In addition, the new front fascia is reminiscent of the older generation, with the traditional "bug eye" headlamps. Its interior is also similarly revised, with strong links to the earlier 911 interiors while at the same time looking fresh and modern. The 997 shares less than a third of its parts with the outgoing 996, but is still technically very similar to it. Initially, two versions of the 997 were introduced— the rear wheel drive Carrera and Carrera S. While the base 997 Carrera produced 325 PS (239 kW) from its 3.6 L Flat 6, a more powerful 3.8 L 355 PS (261 kW) Flat 6 powers the Carrera S. Besides a more powerful engine, the Carrera S also comes standard with 19 inch (48 cm) "Lobster Fork" style wheels, more powerful and larger brakes (with red calipers), a more sporty suspension, complete with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) which allows for electronic adjustability of suspension settings, Xenon Headlamps, and Sport Steering wheel.
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Building a baby Austin7 MK1 Mini - BMC, Longbridge PART 1/2
A very early BMC film of the original Mini being built from Start to finish
at the Austin Factory, Longbridge - happy times. Sadly, most of the factory
has recently been demolished. The Mini production assembly remained
virtually unchanged for 40 years.
2012 Mini Coupe Review - What makes the new MINI Coupe special couldn't be more obvious
After a day spent at the autocross with the new MINI Coupe, we're having
dinner at Immogine+Willy, a boutique Jeans store in Nashville, Tennessee.
Once a gas station, it's retained much of that old charm but now features
some seriously retro looking equipment for making custom fitted jeans right
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japanese electric car vs Porsche 911 turbo
The Eliica (or the Electric Lithium-Ion Car) is a battery electric vehicle
prototype or concept car first shown in 2004 and designed by a team at Keio
University in Tokyo, led by Professor Hiroshi Shimizu. The 5.1 m (17 ft)
car runs on a lithium-ion battery and can accelerate from 0100 km/h (62
mph) in four seconds (faster than
the Porsche 911 turbo at the time).
In 2004, the Eliica reached a speed of 370 km/h (230 mph) on Italy's Nardò
High Speed Track. The team's goal is to exceed 400 km/h (250 mph), breaking
the record set by today's street-legal gasoline-powered vehicles.
Pundits criticized the 996's styling a great deal, largely because it
shared its headlamps— indeed much of its front end, mechanically— with
the less expensive Boxster. The 996 had been on the drawing board first and
was a more advanced car in some respects, but the cost-cutting seemed
inappropriate for an expensive car. Otherwise, the Pinky Lai-penned shape
followed the original Butzi Porsche design very closely; the Carrera model
had a 0.30 Coefficient of drag. The interior was further criticized for its
plainness and its lack of relationship to prior 911 interiors, although
this came largely from owners of older 911s.
Mini JCW vs. Ferrari 430 Scuderia at Gotland Ring
Track Day 2009-09-27 at Gotland Ring in Sweden. Driver: Erik Jirhall. Car:
Mini John Cooper Works R56 2009. The chassis has been tuned by Millway
Motorsport. The engine is original, part from a bigger Forge Intercooler. The video is recorded with
a Video VBOX. Thanks to Martin P for the nice pics! Interested in track
days? Check out GRC - Gentlemen Racing Club (www.grc.as). More information