• Jun 8, 2010
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Here's something unexpected. Mini USA has announced it's challenging Porsche to a formal race, where the go-kart-like Cooper S will take on the infamous 911 Carrera S. This may seem like a far stretch, seeing as how the Cooper is down on power by over 200 horses, but Mini is confident that its more nimble, lighter hatch can out-maneuver the big 911 on the track.

This certainly isn't the first automaker challenge we've heard of this year, and we're hoping Porsche steps up to the plate. The event will take place on June 21 (that's in two weeks!) at Road Atlanta, which as Mini points out, is right around the corner from Porsche's North American headquarters.

In the video found after the jump, Mini USA's president, Jim McDowell (a former Porsche executive, we might add), explains the whole deal, and says that if his team loses, he'll wear a shirt that reads "We did not beat Porsche" at his next public appearance. Likewise, he has a "We beat Porsche" shirt prepped for the same occasion. Mini will be hosting a live video of the event on their Facebook page, as well as more information about the event. Will Porsche send out a 911 for the challenge? We certainly hope so. Let the games begin.



[Source: Facebook via Jalopnik]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      My guess is that there is some trick here, like in reverse, or through a maze of egg-holding children and puppies.

      I loved my mini's but the cute kitsch of the car and company wears on you quickly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My money is on the Porsche S -- even if Mini loses, they gain credibility.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Road Atlanta have a kart track? That is the only way I can see this working out for Mini. Even a base Carerra with no performance enhancing options would destroy a Mini JCW.

      This is great marketing on their side though.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess many will be rooting for the underdog.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are car companies targeting Porsche all of the time.... I hate to sound like this but, this ish just seems childish, BMW have really lost their minds
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have more respect for the mini already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope Porsche takes the bait. No 911 is going to go unsold because someone thinks "Hmm... that Mini Cooper S was only five seconds behind in a lap..." so really, truthfully, Porsche has nothing to lose either. Now with the iron-fisted rulers of Volkswagen at the helm, I'd be surprised if they accept the challenge, but it would be fun for both parties, I think. What would be scary for Porsche, though, would be to put a stock Boxster up against the Mini S... now THAT might be too close for comfort.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, Vdub should send a GTI (or R22), and say something like "we felt sending a porsche would be unfair..."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually Boxster would be far closer to the Carrera S than you think.
        In the turns the Boxster would beat both the Mini and Carrera S.
        On the straights the Carrrera S will outrun both.
        Listen either way the Carrea S wins overall.
        Mini CS on a track is still very good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Five seconds is a lifetime on the track... and several thousand MINI car-lengths.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't matter- a Porsche owner who wants a MINI will just buy a MINI and park it next to the Porsche. The MINI can be a rich man's toy as well.

      The other half who own MINI's who can't afford Porsches, like me, will look forward to owning one someday anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a chance a Mini could beat a 911 S on any sort of track bar an AutoX
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mini would have a distant shot on a 2 mile 13 turn track in the rain (FWD)... but not at Road Atlanta. Reminds me of the GM CTS-V challenge that was won by an M3 until GM sent out the professional factory drivers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh, I fully expect the Cooper S to get smoked by the 911 S at Road Atlanta. Only scenario I would give an edge to the MINI is on an AutoX course.

      erh, yeah the Cayman seems like a more reasonable competitor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Clearly a marketing ploy. I would like to see a less expensive brand now challenge Mini and see if they bite. Turn the tables on them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        MazdaSpeed 3 anyone?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Brad

        I don't even think that would be that close of a race, honestly.
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