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I really didn't want to have to do this, but, as you've got a chap on here that likes to annoy us, i thought i'd treat you to the same! :p

Anyone want to substantiate if BMW threatened Top Gear with Legal action if they actually raced the BMW with the real mini?

There is a few folk on some of the realmini boards that think so!

BMW MINI handles so well, that a real mini can overtake it on the outside,i bet you all saw it too with your own eyes. :D


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Why didn't we see the mini brake down then!

As i say i know quite a few people that were sceptical, thinking that BMW had something to do with it.

Just out of curiosity do you think when the BMW is 40 years old will it brake down!

Might have been more fair to have had a Mighty mini's v's the Works Cooper MINI racer! Afterall they are both racers, and both road legal. I bet the mighty would have truely humped the MINI all day long!
 

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It came as little surprise to me to see the Mini take the lead to be honest... and with the reliability of my Mini it came as little surprise when it broke down. :(

It was a shame they didn't get it back together to race it properly.

As for BMW nobbling the Mini?! 'The Truth is Out There' Spooky BrianMini.

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Hey BrianMini,

As humorous as you think you are being (ok it's kind of funny), you are somewhat preaching to the choir. My guess is, from the experiences I have had on this board, we are here because we liked the original. Not becasue we think they finally got it right. I love the original Mini and many of the members here still own them.

I truly don't have any idea what this is about since I live in the US and whatever you are referencing wasn't shown here but, the Mini was and still is a great car. It isn't burdoned with modern safety standards or some of the creature comforts that many have become accustomed to so, it should be light and thus, very quick. I don't know if they were both bone stock or not (doesn't sound like it) but, I think that would be a good measure and also, if they are racing Mini/MINI's then, they should have the same mods to make it a fair fight if you are going to judge them. Remember, you have a 40 year head start on the MINI!

Sounds like good track side ribbing material to me.

Cheers,
Mike:D
 

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I dont agree with brianmini and all his negitivity but i do agree that the mini dropping a valve looked very suspicious I for one dont belive it did.
 

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Owning a classic Mini, I can fully accept it's capable of all sorts of unreliability.

As for the footage on BBC's Top Gear, it was also no surprise to see the Mini outpacing the MINI - smaller wheels, better handling etc. And remember we were seeing a true works car against a *slightly* modified MINI Cooper - I suspect that the Mini had a better power to weight ratio. We didn't see how the cars would go on the straight, though, when the MINI's higher top speed (and longer gearing, I suspect) would have told.

Which would win a race - a 70's works-prepared Ford Escort or a Focus RS? I'd bet that would be no more comfortable for the modern car than the Top Gear "test" was.

For me, I reckon that moving to a new MINI will bring a small decrease in the overall level of fun of driving, in return for a much higher comfort level (as well as not having to check the dipstick twice a day, pouring in almost as much oil as petrol).
 
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