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Porsche says thanks, but no – Click above to watch video after the jump

Porsche has officially put the sad trombone treatment on a challenge Mini issued to the Stuttgart-based sportscar manufacturer. As you may recall, Mini USA head honcho (and former Porsche employee) Jim McDowell called out Porsche exec Detlev Von Platen in a hilarious video made just for Facebook. While the rules of the throwdown were a little vague, we did know that the Mini crew would be rocking a Cooper S while Porsche would bring along its own 911 Carrera S at some sort of battle royale to be held at Road Atlanta.

Since McDowell threw down the gauntlet, we have heard that the competition was going to be held in the track's paddock, not out on the actual tarmac, so who knows what Mini had up its sleeves. Either way, it doesn't matter much now. Von Platen has responded in an open letter to McDowel saying:
While your challenge seems like a fun and lighthearted campaign, we'll stick to racing the way we have over the decades. We welcome you at Sebring, Le Mans, Daytona or any other sanctioned race where there is more at stake than T-shirts and valet parking spaces.
Sick. Burn.

Porsche has also pointed Mini to a particular advertisement as a reminder of the company's intent. Click past the jump to see both the video and read the full letter for yourself.

With Porsche turning the invitation down, we have to wonder, will Mini still put on some sort of event, perhaps inviting privateers with Porsches of their own in a move not unlike General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V Challenge? Over to you, Mr. McDowell.

[Source: Porsche]




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Dear Jim,

Imagine our surprise to discover our former employee, now the head of Mini, has challenged us to a head-to-head race. As you surely know, Porsche has a long history of racing success, with more than 28,000 wins over the last 60 years. In our early days, we pitted ourselves against the giants, so we've been in your shoes.

But as you also know, Porsche doesn't race for fame, stunts or publicity. We race to challenge ourselves; we race to push sports car technology; we race to translate every win on the track to our cars on the road. If you need a reminder of our intent, please take a look at this short video: http://tinyurl.com/37xdjqx

While your challenge seems like a fun and lighthearted campaign, we'll stick to racing the way we have over the decades. We welcome you at Sebring, Le Mans, Daytona or any other sanctioned race where there is more at stake than T-shirts and valet parking spaces. We also invite you to any of the thousands of tracks around the world where Porsche owners compete each weekend.

Good luck with your race at Road Atlanta on June 21; we hope you enjoy the day.

Sincerely,

Detlev Von Platen President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America


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      • 4 Years Ago
      porsche shouldnt have responded at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTF is a mini?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Say what you will, it doesn't change the fact that this is POOR SPORTSMANSHIP on Porsche's part.

      Look, if this was some Mini fanboy calling out Porsche, I would stand behind Porsche and their response 110%!

      But it is NOT. It's the ex Porsche executive calling out his former coworkers to a friendly competition. Yes, we all know that Porsche can smoke out Mini. That's not the point.

      It's the principle that matters: why refuse a good old fashioned throwdown!?! Not stepping up to the challenge speaks volumes about the company.

      You don't have to agree and that's okay, but this is just my opinion and my $0.02.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How is it poor sportsmanship to decline an invitation to what is likely to be a rigged event? In fact, Porsche extended an invitation to at least 3 real sporting events, should Mini want to prove themselves fairly.

        Porsche "throws down" every time they put their name and marquee out on a real race track. Mini deserved the written smackdown they received.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the answer guys: Fiesta challenged a Lamborghini! http://www.fordvehicles.com/cars/fiesta/experiencefiesta/
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was just going to post this. I have a feeling that Mini was going to try the same kind of lame stunt. At least Ford came up with the idea first.


        Unrelated, apparantly Porsche has nothing from the last couple of decades that they are that proud of, based on the video the posted.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me guess; people at MINI are going to make fun of Porsche for "being wusses".

      Oh yeah, I must be a wuss then for choosing not to pick a fight with younger girls.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this where you say Mini got pwned?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "What did the five fingers say to the face?"

      "SLAP!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      "While your challenge seems like a fun and lighthearted campaign, we'll stick to racing the way we have over the decades. We welcome you at Sebring, Le Mans, Daytona or any other sanctioned race where there is more at stake than T-shirts and valet parking spaces."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aw, come on Porsche, you should have led them on a little. Show up to the track, then unveil the car you brought to the challenge...

      The Ferdinand GT3RS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i accept that response as a disappointment, notwithstanding that porsche was entitled to reply as it wished and it did, in fact, do so. regardless, porsche always epitomized more than just a lap time.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Instead of a comparison between apples and oranges / racers and posers. Perhaps Mini should pick on someone their own size !
      • 4 Years Ago
      porsche really nailed mini with their response - go porsche!
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