• Jun 21, 2010
Mini vs. Porsche – Click above to view the videos after the jump

In the over-hyped and ridiculous contrived "race" between the Mini Cooper and the Porsche 911, a victor has been crowned, and as you'd expect, the blokes from BMW had their bumpers handed to them.

Despite creating a "track" at the infield of Road Atlanta designed to maximize the Mini's potential and neuter the high-speed prowess of the Porsche, the Cooper still lost the battle by a full two seconds. Naturally, Mini likes to point out that the difference was $38,000 a second, but to anyone paying attention, the additional $76k is money well spent... particularly on a real track. Maybe Mini should've reconsidered Hyundai's offer...

Hit the jump for the race and two introductory videos, including a thoroughly comical explanation about why Mini opted for an autocross track and not the full course at Road Atlanta.

[Source: Facebook]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      There's almost no real way to turn this into bad press for MINI.

      BFD, a car that costs as much as 3 MINIs is faster. Well, duh! What's Porsche going to do? Come out with an ad campaign that says, "Buy a 911. It's faster than a MINI?" [insert rolling eyes smiley]

      This was all about getting the public's attention and the fact that there are over 100 comments on this thread within no time of the post going up just goes to prove the viral impact this campaign has had on people. In the end, MINI may have lost the race but they're still the real winners of the 'campaign'.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lots of kurfable here, but most in good fun. Actually "3retts" came up with an interesting observation. Re: the starting position on the track of the MINI on the straight! 2 seconds? Who knows. But, several postings that mention that "autocross is 90% driver and 10% car" is spot on.
      Way "back in the day" - 1971- I ran my 1969 VW bug in an autocross on a Go-Kart track near Syracuse, NY. I finished 1st in my class - all v-dubs back then. Most of us did beat the higher powered cars. Glad there were no classic Mini's there. Young people: try to a least get the spelling correct...

      Item last: My wife has a 2008 MINI Cooper S and she lets me do laps at Pacific Raceway in Kent, WA. In the rain! I have a 2007 Cayman S. And, we get along well. "Fun is fun to have"
      • 4 Years Ago
      damn i really tough mini would win......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great result!

      Anybody think the Cayman could have beaten the Mini too?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Boxer will beat it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I bet the cayman would have been faster on such a tight course
      • 4 Years Ago
      So does this mean that Porsche gets those justin bieber tickets as a prize?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what you get for winning?????

        I thought the loser got the tickets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And all is right in the universe again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You just have to agree, there is a great sense of humor in both cars... it was for fun. Did anyone really think that a mini would win. Let's enjoy the cars for what each is worth on the road. And I'll keep my 911.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone who even thought MINI stood even a remote chance of winning, even on an autocross course, has obviously never participated in an SCCA Solo2 autocross event.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. A 997 is a Super Stock class and the Cooper S is a DS car. Now, it *does* look like the MINI may have beaten the PAX index spread if I did my math correctly. But then again, PAX times assume cars prepared to the limits of the respective classes (in this case stock class) and obviously, that's not the case here. And, of course, PAX is highly course dependent.

        Honestly, I don't think MINI even thought they would win outright. For them to have had even a fighting chance at it, the course would have simply been a series of chicago boxes and slaloms. I think it was just something fun, it generated a lot of buzz, Porsche came away with their raw time win (a forgone conclusion for everyone with a brain) and MINI looked like a relative performance bargain for the rest of us who live on a budget.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One hot Sunday afternoon in a parking lot of cones would have told them they'd made a mistake. Hell, cracking open a rulebook and checking the classes would have nip'd that in the bud.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The stupidity of this whole thing has tainted my opinion of the Mini brand, what was once cute/sassy/funny marketing is now just annoying like an overly confident but stupidly immature teenager that has gotten in over their head.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
      HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that's a proper failure. Mini would only win in something like this:
      www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHtgXi-B9dA
      and just to make sure, with the legendary Russ Swift behind the wheel.
      But even there, a good old proper Mini would destroy the current one.
      I don't see Mini winning anything nowadays... probably not even against his biggest rival, the current Fiat 500.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the Mini had run the full track and lost, at least it would have been a noble endeavor. But, they rigged that track and still lost... that's just lame. I'm sad to be a Mini owner today.
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