With more than 30 years’ experience, Andy ‘Ace’ Harrison is amongst the UK’s foremost specialists in the original Mini. Harrison has repaired, raced, rallied, restored, bought, and sold all types of Mini via his Acespeed business in Shipley, Yorkshire. As one of the world’s leading authorities on Minis, it is no surprise that one particularly iconic Mini found its way back to Harrison, as its famous new owner sought to restore the model.
Hankook Tire says its new Ventus S1 Evo Z gives us a foretaste of the generation of ultra-ultra-high-performance tyres it will offer in future. We’ve gained a first glimpse of Hankook’s new UUHP rubber on the Mini John Cooper Works GP, where it sees duty as the exclusive original equipment tyre. The fastest roadgoing Mini ever to see light of day wears the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z in size 225/35R18 87Y XL.
According to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), UK car manufacturing output fell 20.8 per cent in July, with just 85,696 units rolling off production lines during the month. Despite the continued ramp-up of production and reopening of almost all factories following the easing of lockdown measures, social distancing measures and ongoing economic uncertainty still stifled output. Today’s figures follow news that BMW intends to lay off 400 of the 950 agency personnel working at its Mini factory in Oxford.
It’s not just the car that’s grown. This August Mini officially began celebrating the iconic marque’s 60th anniversary. We at Tyres & Accessories wanted to join in with the celebrations by sharing a couple of interesting points about how the Mini’s tyres have evolved over the last 60 years.
Borbet has released its W-wheel in sizes suited to fitment on the Mini. The ten-spoke wheel from Borbet’s ‘Classic’ category is now available in 6.0 x 15 inch, offset 43. Two finishes – crystal silver and mistral anthracite glossy – are available.
Dunlop has extended its official tyre partnership with the Mini Challenge for at least another three years. In addition to the tyre supply component of the partnership, Dunlop will also guarantee the champion a drive in one of its British Touring Car Championship test sessions. The series is now established as one of the UK’s premier one-make championships in its own right, with a strong reputation for close racing, professional organisation and strong promotion.
Today the government launched its “UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations”. And with it came the decision to ban the sale of both new petrol and new diesel cars from 2040. However, electric cars sales currently represent less than 1 per cent of new registrations. Therefore a lot has to happen between now and 2040 for this new rule to become reality. What is clear is that there is now real legislative momentum in favour of electric vehicles in the UK and that this will have an inevitable impact on OE suppliers and in turn the UK replacement tyre market.
On Saturday, 12 November a recently restored special red 1969 Morris Mini Super Deluxe will be auctioned at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. The one family owned classic, with 33,000 miles on the clock, will be finding a new home through Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show Sale with all proceeds going directly to Prostate Cancer UK.
The Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 has been selected as an original equipment tyre for the Mini Clubman. The latest model Clubman will be available with the Dunlop UHP tyre in size 225/45R17 94W XL, with its original equipment approval denoted by a ‘*’ marking on the sidewall.
The organiser of the Mini Challenge championship, Total Track has announced a new multi-year deal to make Dunlop its sole tyre partner from 2016. The single make championship has run since 2002 with a remit for competitive, fair and cost-effective racing.
The Mini Plant at Oxford is showcasing a high-efficiency street lighting system that doubles as a charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) during the city’s second Low Carbon Oxford Week. Known as Light & Charge and demonstrated for the first time in the UK, this innovative system is the outcome of a pilot project developed by the BMW Group and is a state-of-the-art LED street light that combines energy-efficient lighting with affordable EV charging.
The British-made Jaguar E-Type sports car secured 14 per cent of the votes in a nationwide independent survey conducted by The Car Buying Service. Following close behind with 9 per cent of the vote was the Mini Cooper 1275, while the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow came in third with 7 per cent. Also amongst the ‘top 10’ favourite classic cars were the VW Beetle oval window, 67 Ford Mustang and Porsche 356 – the full rundown can be found below.
The DVLA has been selling personalised registrations since 1989. This year is not only their 25th anniversary but in November they will also be holding their 150th auction. To mark the occasion there will be a prize draw where the DVLA will give away a free car. The car will be on display at the […]
The continuing success story of the MINI brand was further underlined as the British manufacturer announced the production of its three millionth car since 2001, and its two millionth international export. Relaunched in 2001 under the stewardship of the BMW Group, the MINI brand has become one of the most popular in the automotive world.
An all-new Mini entered the market this year, and it’s longer and wider than the previous model – 107 mm longer and 44 mm wider in hatchback form, to be precise. But not everything has changed; Hankook remains original equipment supplier for the Mini, and is providing four tyre lines for the new-generation car. All original equipment tyres for the Mini are produced at Hankook’s factory in Hungary.