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Special Mini will traverse the world's longest north-south roadway

In addition to the electric version of the classic Mini, the cheeky British BMW subsidiary has another battery-powered offering to electrify attendees of the New York Auto Show. This one is a special version of the Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4, slated for a particularly impressive journey. The Mini Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrid — or, rather, three of them — will traverse the world's longest north-south roadway route, traveling from North America to Tierra Del Fuego, at the

Well, the Panamericana 2006 team has made it to the very southern tip of South America. And it took them just 15 days, 11 hours and 25 minutes to get there from the edge of the Artic Sea in Alaska. Not bad, not bad at all. I'm still not certain which records were broken on this trip, but the team's daily diary entries refer to some. You can read all the daily reports here if you haven't been keeping up. If you have, the last report from snow-covered Tierra del Fuego is an emotional wrap-up to a

It's time to check in with our biodiesel-loving Panamericana 2006 team again. They group is driving from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in three Volkswagen SUVs in 15 days. If you missed previous entries, you can see what they've been up to here.