Gift Idea: Minspeed ITG JCW Airbox Filter

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, make sure your family knows where to shop for your favorite gifts. For help, click the sponsors link above ;). If you are looking for a nice little mod that will free up your airflow in your JCW airbox, take a look at the ITG JCW filter from Minspeed. I recently just installed this unit in my ’06 MCS and am very pleased.

ITG JCW Filter

Compared to the insanely expensive paper filter from MINI, this lifetime filter is the ticket! It is washable and fits perfectly. I have even noticed an improved supercharger whine. There is a version for the R56 as well! Give Pete from Minspeed a call today and let him know sent you!

[ ITG JCW Air Filter From Minspeed ]

2008 MINIUSA Configurator

Just in time for Thanksgiving, MINIUSA brings you the 2008 MINI Configurator! That’s right – when you are sitting at home too stuffed to move after shoving all that turkey down your throat, reach for the keyboard and the mouse and start building your new MINI Clubman ;). In just a few months, you will be able to head over to your local MINI dealer and test drive these puppies yourself. Until then, the configurator should hold you over. Enjoy!

2008 MINIUSA MINI Configurator

[ 2008 MINIUSA Configurator ]

Virtual MINI Challenge: Daytona

Well I have been spending some time getting used to the road course at Daytona International Speedway via my new favorite racing sim – Race 07 – in hopes of learning the line in preparation for December’s track weekend. So far I have shaved 7 seconds off my lap times and I feel I am getting familiar enough with the line to try some new things. It will be very interesting to see how the virtual world of Race 07 translates to the real world of “Daytona 07”. The car physics seem pretty good in the game so who knows – it may help alot.

In this video, I have set the artificial intelligence (AI) of the other cars to 95% and I started the race in last place (I am driving the Red Nose Day MINI). Through the course of the short 4 lap race, I manage to drive through the field to finish in fourth place. I am still getting used to the AI and need to work on my braking around other cars (as you will see me slam a few lol). Hey – as long as I don’t do THAT in real life I should be fine! Hope you enjoy the video. Eventually I think it would be cool to record actual online races with real online players. I think it would make for some interesting entertainment to watch. Let me know what you think!

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Video: Auto Football

This has to be one of the coolest ideas I have seen in a long time. Imagine playing football (ok – soccer for us in the US) with a car! Now don’t get me wrong – I am not playing this with my MINI. BUT… I am sure this was a hoot to film. And I bet you that TV ratings for a sport like this would be pretty high. I know I have watched it several times and am sucked in to watching it all the way through eachtime LOL. Thanks to 2phun for this find!

Video Game: MINI #37 – Arcade Racer Released!

It sure seems that there has been a lot of MINIs showing up in video games lately. I know I personally have been hooked on Race 07 which features the MINI Challenge (and as I reported earlier – I am using to practice for the upcoming Daytona track weekend). This game, however, is a bit different. MINI #37 is strictly MINIs. You may recall me drooling over this back in May. You will be able to drive any MINI for sale in showrooms and various “episodes” will be released over time. Well according to, Episode 1 is finally live and ready for download. Enjoy!

[ MINI #37 Arcade Racer Now Live! ]
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Daytona Track Weekend – December 7-9, 2007

For the first time in the history of the track, a car club is being allowed to run a High Performance Drivers Ed weekend at Daytona International Speedway! Known as the “Mecca of Motorsports”, this facilty boasts a 3.56 mile road course with 31 degree banking!! And guess what? Team Minspeed will be representing MINI-nation!! That’s right, I will join a few other Team Minspeed members as guests of the Audi Club of Ohio who have booked the track for the weekend of December 7-9th, 2007.

MINI Cooper on Daytona International Speedway

As you can tell from the above picture, I have managed to import the Daytona road course into Race 07 (that new game that features the MINI Challenge). Hey – never to soon to start practicing the line! I can’t wait to see what it is like to drive a MINI on 31 degree banking.

MINI Cooper on Daytona International Speedway

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