Production of the new MINI began in 2001 in Oxford and soon after, the Cooper Car Company in East Preston launched a wide range of John Cooper Works tuning kits and accessories for MINI. This gave MINI owners, obsessed with personalisation and performance, an even greater opportunity to create their perfect MINI. John Cooper’s achievements in world motor sport laid the foundations for the John Cooper Works brand. Now in 2008, fans of MINI and the John Cooper Works brand have something new to lust after: the new MINI John Cooper Works, hot off the production line at MINI Plant Oxford.
Since it is not ordinarily available with a trailer coupling, the MINI Cooper S Clubman had to be specially modified to fulfil its role in this adventurous concept.
The collaboration was underpinned by a passion for design and an eye for detail shared by all three brands. Mobility and the interaction with nature provided a twin-pronged focus for their endeavours. The world of watersports and the yearning of surfers for absolute freedom and harmony with their surroundings offered the perfect inspiration for the design study.
The trailer and the MINI form a single unit. Their design is a clear nod to the aesthetics of watersports and the materials used by those involved.
Using Hybrid Technologies proprietary advanced lithium management and battery-balancing system, the all lithium version has already gained significant automotive industry attention.
Basic lithium-powered vehicle facts:
Speed up to 80 MPH / 128+ Km/H
0-60 MPH in 6.0 seconds
120+ miles / 193+ Km on single charge
Confusion surrounding alternative fuels and related technologies is leading new car buyers to miss a trick. A recent YouGov Plc survey commissioned by MINI found that diesel-powered cars are thought to be way behind hybrid models for cleanliness. Yet the 104g/km CO2 emitted by the sporty MINI Cooper D is a figure that equals, and in many cases beats other cars using alternative technologies – including hybrids.
In a poll designed to gauge public understanding of CO2-related issues in the car purchase process, just three per cent of the 2,018-strong sample believed that a diesel-fuelled vehicle could be considered a low source of carbon emissions. Yet the new MINI Cooper D’s 104g/km is identical to the hybrid-powered Toyota Prius and lower than the 109g/km achieved by the Honda Civic Hybrid.
Retro but not old-fashioned – sassy and practical – authentic but no copy: Few cars have mastered the balancing act as well as the new MINI, the latest generation of which is now in the showrooms. In design terms it remains true to its predecessor, but doesn’t stop there technically.In detail no MINI looks like the next, because individuality takes priority amongst its owners. Anyone wanting to stand out from the crowd of MINI owners, not just in appearance but also in performance, should turn to AC Schnitzer. The present focus of the tuner’s development activities is the new 170 HP turbo engine in the Cooper S, for which AC Schnitzer develops a performance upgrade. And when the driver puts the power down, the sound track plays loud and clear, thanks to the sonorous twin sports silencer with chromed Racing tailpipe.Full gas to the next corner – and through it at full speed! Touring Car legend Manfred Wollgarten set up the AC Schnitzer racing suspension on the North Loop of the Nürburgring – and it runs rings round the already very good standard suspension. You can feel the difference just with the AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit. But back from the track to the city: Out of the reflective glass facades flashes the face of a model athlete. AC Schnitzer achieves this masterpiece with a few tricks. The front bumper has a new front spoiler. Painted in body color, and with its striking prominent corners, it sets a clear visual highlight. The sassy rear has also beensubtly lifted. The rear skirt from AC Schnitzer, painted in contrast to standard, has a diffuser which effectively pulls the MINI down to the tarmac.
MINI performance is to be taken to new levels with the new MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE, a MINI Cooper S built specifically for track use and ready to race. Set for its first public appearance at the forthcoming IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, deliveries of the new car will take place from spring 2008.
Power enhancements are at the core of the striking CHALLENGE car’s modifications. As well as a re-developed twin-scroll turbocharger, the standard MINI Cooper S engine receives modified pistons, air filter, air intake passage, catalytic converter, exhaust components, electronic sensors and engine management system.
These are the basic items of the new interpretation of the Mini Clubman signed Aznom. Worthy heired of the legendary Mini Sassicaia dedicated to the most famous wine in the world, sold in 12 exclusives specimen so the new Mini Chateau is born, a Mini that, thanks to its name evokes the elegance of the world of the Grands Chateaux; for this reason in its car trunk has found place a 6 bottles (and chalices) winecellar completely caulked and shock absorbent; built up with the same wood and leather selected for the car.
Universal BluetoothTM Hands-Free System (ULF)
The BMW Universal Bluetooth Hands-Free System (ULF) utilizes Bluetooth wireless technology to enable a wireless connection to be established between a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone and the ULF Control Module installed in the vehicle. The combination of these components results in a new generation of in-vehicle phone system. The ULF Control Module forms an interface that allows a mobile phone with the embedded BluetoothTM wireless technology feature to be wirelessly integrated into the vehicle. For the first time BMW is introducing a new generation hands-free telephone system kit that provides the customer with the option of using various BluetoothTM enabled mobile phones (a list of recommended phones is available from your BMW Center).
Thank you for purchasing our version of BMW’s Bluetooth wireless technology ULF interface. This interface is designed to provide full integration of your BMW’s built in mobile phone capabilities and your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Below is a list of components that you should have received from us or have purchased separately. This document is designed to be a supplement to the BMW ULF Installation manual included with your kit. You will need the following components to complete the installation:
• BMW ULF Modified interface module with wiring harness
• BMW Installation kit (optional – not recommended for the E46)
• BMW Microphone
• BMW ULF Installation guide and user manuals
• Installation bracket(s) (optional and available separately)
• SES Jumper plug (if required, not included)
This cool technology gives us some neat gadgets to install, such as Parrot’s CK3100 hands-free kit. Better get up- to-speed on Bluetooth’s new uses, because it’s moving into new products every year.
Bluetooth, once thought to be relegated only to expensive earpieces owned by the techno-savvy, has expanded. You may see a guy in the airport pull out and unfold a tiny keyboard, then take out a small mouse and switch it on. The funny thing is, there’ll be no computer in sight. Instead, he’ll prop up his PDA, hit a few buttons, and without making any connections or worrying about line-of-sight, he’ll simply start working. Every component will be functioning over a Bluetooth connection. But even in its most common application—cellular hands-free devices—the technology has grown, and if you are in the business of installing Bluetooth-equipped hands-free car kits, this is something your customers need to know.