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Its all uphill from here for the new Multistrada – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mini vs. Porsche at the starting line – Click above to watch the video after the break

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.

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.

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

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