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Mini boss Jim McDowell responds to Porsche – Click above to watch the video after the jump

We'll be honest – we were rather excited to see how a race between a Mini Cooper S and Porsche 911 Carrera S would go down. After Mini initially challenged Porsche to a trackday showdown at Road Atlanta on June 21, Porsche declined, saying that it will "stick to racing the way we have over the decades," and welcomed Mini to attend any sanctioned race where "there is more at stake than t-shirts and valet parking spaces."

Mini has had a very impressive response to this challenge, and isn't giving up. Mini USA boss Jim McDowell has issued yet another message to Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev Von Platen saying that they're willing to raise the stakes, offering prizes such as Justin Bieber concert tickets (including backstage passes!), a lifetime membership to the Salami Of The Month club or even a (slightly used) home gym, among other things. Excellent.

We love Mini's enthusiasm over this whole event, and as we understand, Mini is even flying a banner plane over Porsche's Atlanta, Georgia headquarters with the message "Dear Porsche, Bring it. Love, Mini." Seriously. You can keep up with the whole back-and-forth on Mini USA's Facebook page. In any case, with only one week until the supposed race day, we hope Porsche will saddle up for this duel, even though Mini hasn't specified what the Road Atlanta challenge(s) will be (it could be an egg-carrying race for all we know) and Stuttgart really doesn't appear to have much to gain by picking on the little kid. Top tip, Brett!

[Source: Mini Facebook]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Give it up already.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ dondonel:

        Great idea. If there are any savy auto journalists out there reading, I suggest you capitalize on the buzz this is generating and hold a race for them for the reasons dondonel mentioned. I would watch that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Porsche should really punish Mini for this free ad campaign with Porsche's name on the banner. They should ask Mini for a 15 lap race on Road Atlanta track.

        Mini's brakes, clutch, tires, suspension and possibly the engine too, would probably last for a couple of laps at race pace before having to revert to walking pace. And the public will get to see the actual difference between a sports car and a chick car.
        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just so you know these aren't Mini's they're rebadged BMWs :p.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm starting to wonder if there is grounds for a lawsuit here on Porsche's behalf. Mini is pretty much getting free advertising at Porsche's expense, especially with so many internet auto blogs eating it up, because they love their races..
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. Porsche named the rules. Show up with a GT class MINI and prove you are better. End of story.

        MINI's not helping its street cred either with Mr/Ms. Garrison as their spokesperson.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Ian

        It is going EXACTLY as planned.

        The folks at MINI knew Porsche wasn't going to accept the challenge. Hell, no one even knows what the actual challenge is! How COULD Porsche accept?! The real winner could be the company who can fit the most people in their car. MINI will show up with Marty Klebba and 50 of his little people friends....and they'll all walk away with Justin Bieber tickets.
      All Winners LOVE Winners
      It Is Going EXACTLY As Planned...Rockin The PORSCHE - AMEN(-:
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The Front engine, front wheel drive 4cyl mini does not stand a chance against more powerful engine in a mid engine, rear drive configuration."

      Mid engine? thought mini was asking for the 911 not the boxter
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better response then I expected. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they should do it, on one condition - Porsche gets to arrange a followup race which Mini must attend, and of course make a laughingstock out of the whole challenge. Nurburgring, 911 GT3 RS vs. Mini JCW - hmmmm.
      Dan
      • 5 Years Ago
      His shirt changes like 10 times throughout the video.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm telling you Porsche, two words, one car.

      Ferdinand GT3RS
      • 5 Years Ago
      i love how he changes his shirt in just about every shot.
      microracer9797
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think Porsche is a bunch of pussies!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This guy is making us Americans look dumb. Where's Mini/BMW of Germany's say on all this? Kind of immature if you ask me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Justin Bieber tickets? this is a joke, right? go away Mini.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah... he's trying too hard. Old farts like this just don't get it. You're not funny, and no; all press is not good press...

        The Mini Cooper has enjoyed a solid reputation because of grass-roots racing amongst owners... While it's great that Mini is trying to embrace motorsport, the way they are going about it is making a mockery of the brand and motorsport in general. Bad form, Mini. Now as punishment, you must race Porsche for real.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since Mini said that the challenge would take place in the paddock (I'm sure I read that here, last week), and not on the track, it has to be some of gimmick. So, Mini wants Porsche to spend its own money to participate, so that Mini can get some free publicity out of it? I agree with Porsche.

      How many cars does Mini sell in this country nowadays, anyway? Seems to me their 15 minutes was over awhile back.
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