• Jun 18, 2010
After Mini's many attempts to coax Porsche into a race, including videos, posting an online petition and even flying a banner plane over the automaker's North American headquarters, the lights have all gone dark in Atlanta, and it looks like Mini is out of luck.
But the show must go on! Even if Porsche has officially decided to decline.

Not only is Mini offering space at Road Atlanta for up to 400 people to come watch, but they're even providing a race-ready 911 Carrera S. As for who's driving, that's still up in the air. Mini posted this advertisement (right) on its Facebook page, hoping to find one brave soul who will put the mighty 911 through its paces against the Cooper S.

What's more, Mini is even offering up track time to any of the 400 guests who show up on June 21. It certainly sounds like a fun day will be had, regardless of the race's final outcome, and we're now wishing that we lived just a little bit closer to Atlanta. Remember, you can keep up to date on all of the Mini vs. Porsche happenings on Facebook.

[Sources: MotoringFile, Facebook]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 21 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm free to drive before college starts again!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So it will be a rigged contest.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche's response was as cold as ice and tastefully done.

      I have loads respect for them now; especially after the whole gtr nurburgring fiasco.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some say, he can smell corners. All we know is...he's called the Stig!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, just nine more days until TG Season 15.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As for the driver:

      Some say.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe Jack Baruth is available?
      • 4 Years Ago
      smh, Mini :( should still be an interesting match though)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kia sock monkey! Yes! LOL!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did ANYONE seriously think Porsche would take up the challenge?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think you guys got my point.

        GM may mention competition, or even mention a brand name here or there.

        GM isn't hanging their coat on someone else's hook the way Mini seems to be trying to do, by trying to goad Porsche.

        I believe it is sometimes referred to as "riding coat-tails." Porsche didn't ask, nor allow Mini to make their marketing campaign's focus rest on Porsche's reputation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @boxer

        Ford does it every time they say "Ford has quality Honda and Toyota can't beat." Isn't that the same as cashing in on the "legendary" reliability of the two makes? Ford didn't earn that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Think you're WAY over-thinking this.
        It's a JOKE. Get it? Just a big publicity stunt aimed at enhancing the MINI image as a fun-loving brand, and poking fun at a big, stuffy brand, Porsche. It's just funny that MINI is owned by an even bigger, stuffier brand, BMW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We all know who it has to be...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look at the facebook page - MINI is not going to hold the race on the actual Road Atlanta track, but on an tight, twisty infield section that they've coned out (AutoX style). That's complete BS - stacking the deck to make sure the MINI can keep up
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geez Mini give it a rest. The only thing you've accomplished so far is making yourself look desperate. And your videos aren't cute, they're lame. Especially the follow up video to Porsche's response. You're playing out of your league here. Go back to being cute an nostalgic rather than pesky and lame.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed; the only thing that MINI's beating of the proverbial deceased equine has accomplished is to make me less likely to buy a car from a company that is overly desperate for attention.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Knowing Mini, they'll probably get the giant sock monkey from the Kia ad to drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I vote Walter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Second that. Or Stuck.
    • Load More Comments