• Jun 20, 2010
Last we checked, Road Atlanta was a famed professional 2.54-mile racetrack, not an oversized autocross layout on a training skidpad. Somebody may need to remind Mini USA, as the maker of famously small cars has just announced the "track" (their word, not ours) for its overly-publicized "Rumble on the Racetrack" (their title, not ours) challenge pitting the Mini Cooper S against the race-bred Porsche 911 Carrera S.

While Mini promises "No tricks. No gimmicks. No jokes" in its latest Facebook post, the map of the so-called challenge track autocross is nothing more than a few hundred cones dropped on the "School Course & Training Area" located in the infield of Road Atlanta by turns 6 and 7 (this is hardly the same asphalt that hosts cars like the Corvette C6.R, Porsche RS Spyder, Ferrari 430GT and Audi R10 TDI at the Petit Le Mans).

With the big shindig scheduled for Monday (with or without an official Porsche showing), this event has gone from entertaining to mildly disappointing. We don't need to explain to any of our readers that a Mini Cooper S is as comfortable on a loop-de-doo autocross course as Porsche is, well... on the winner's podium at Road Atlanta.

Mini has yet to answer the challenge from Hyundai (the Koreans were kind enough to offer to take Porsche's vacant spot on the grid), but they had better get on it. With a track autocross this tight, they should be expecting a call from Smart first thing Monday morning.



[Source: Facebook]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone fancy Hyundai's chances on the skidpad track?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mini just lost me; this event went from interesting to boring in a millisecond. The "last rites" loop? come on, this is just pathetic. Ive got a better idea: lets have batman fight superman inside of a kryptonite cage!
      • 4 Years Ago
      MINI WINS!!!

      Regardless of what happens, they have gotten so much free PR from this. They have played the media to the tilt. When Porsche said no, the generated new articles about the challenge. Posting this joke of a race layout has generated even more free PR. Mini is getting their name out there over and over again and at little cost to them. Mini wins from this stand point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm tired of it already. Go back to 'kill' stickers and orange staples in Autoweek.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even better...Walter Rohl and a Cayman.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just read all of the comments. Nobody here seems to know much about autocross. The Mini has absolutely NO advantage in autocross over the Porsche. It is considered a fairly slow autocross car. MOST Miatas aren't that fast either. They are just very fast in their respective classes.

      Porsches, Corvettes, S2000, Lotus, Evo - the same cars that are fast on a proper racing circuit are fast around the cones. Seriously, save up $30 and go to an autocross. Bring whatever car you drive. It will open a whole new world to you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really?

        http://www.scca.com/eventresults.aspx?event=13555&hub=3
        Click on "Final Results"

        You'll find an 11th place Porsche 997 in A stock is still faster than a 1st place Mini Cooper S in G Stock.

        This is from the 2009 Solo Nationals. The first 3 times are for the first course. The second 3 times are for the second course. The bigger number represents the best times on each course added together.

        Who is "quite wrong"?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You made some general comment that "the Mini has absolutely NO advantage in autocross over the Porsche". I'm sorry to say this but Physics says something different - whereas shorter / narrow wheelbase cars have the ability to rotate on a single axis much faster. It even gets more technical when you start considering other factors such as a car's center of gravity, weight distribution, polar moment of inertia, etc.

        Linking to some autox course results is really meaningless of basic physics (you even said so yourself that the driver is one of the biggest factors - so that is a variable that automatically throws out your argument when saying that in this autox result a 911 was faster than a Mini S - plus I don't even want to get into the extent of the modifications and tires one can run). I'll end with a question. Since you do autox...can you design an autox course that will benefit a Mini S over a 997 C2S and vice versa?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Coke vs. Pepsi, Chevy vs. Ford, Laker vs. Celtics, Flyers vs. Blackhawks ok - but Mini vs. Porsche? Give me a break but kudos to Mini for figuring out a way to get lots of free advertising.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whether this is going to happen or not, you're right: this is an absolutely genious marketing trick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can I bring a shifter cart?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I challenge a Mini in a shopping cart lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would also be awesome. Porsche pulls up in a Cayenne, and rolls a kart out the back...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This has turned into a failed marketing event for Mini in my opinion...

      It doesn't make sense for Porsche to accept, and I bet Mini won't accept the challenge from Hyundai either.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Dollar? No, I said Doll Hair.

      Guess that works with Road Atlanta too.

      LAME.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i say porsche brings an RC car that looks like the 911 carrera s
      • 4 Years Ago
      I forgot to note one more thing. The most important part in any performance driving is the actual driver. If nothing, Porsche should send a driver who has won a national autocross title in a Porsche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow... Mini, this is ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the whole underdog thing, and Mini challenging Porsche doesn't explain that any better, but this is just stupid. Obviously Mini has the advantage here.

      I think that Mini should run 10 laps of this Autocross track, while Porsche runs 2 laps of Road Atlanta... in the GT3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol, of course the GT2 RS would be overkill, but they should use it anyway just to spit in Mini's face... cause this is ridiculous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Would the GT2 RS be overkill?
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