Sev­enth heaven for fans of the Mini

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

THIS year’s Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed (June 23-26) will host the global de­but of the first de­sign model of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of Mi­nis, Mini Seven.

Tak­ing its name from the very first Mini, the 1959 Austin Seven, Mini Seven has been de­signed to fuse the brand’s clas­sic her­itage with mod­ern de­sign and tech­nol­ogy.

Mini Seven joins the cur­rent Mini Hatch range in five-door or three-door form and fea­tures spe­cially de­signed ex­te­rior and in­te­rior looks un­seen be­fore on this gen­er­a­tion’s model line-up.

The new car, which will also fea­ture a be­spoke op­tion pack called Mini Seven Chili, will be un­veiled for the very first time at Good­wood’s Mov­ing Mo­tor Show on Thurs­day, June 23. As well as the world pre­miere of Mini Seven, Mini will also have the new John Cooper Works Chal­lenge Edi­tion go­ing up the fa­mous 1.16-mile Hill­climb course in the First Glance cat­e­gory dur­ing the main FOS days.

The Fes­ti­val of Speed will also rep­re­sent Mini Chal­lenge racer Char­lie But­ler-Hen­der­son’s de­but as Mini’s new­est brand am­bas­sador, since work­ing hard to de­fend his ti­tle as the Chal­lenge cham­pion in 2015.

Mini will also have brand am­bas­sador and Dakar Rally ace, Harry Hunt on hand to drive the Mini ALL4 Rac­ing car, in which he fin­ished 10th in this year’s Dakar at his first at­tempt on the world’s tough­est road race.

BMW Group – BMW, Mini, Rolls Royce and BMW Mo­tor­rad – will cel­e­brate its il­lus­tri­ous sport­ing past and the di­ver­sity of its brands at this year’s Fes­ti­val of Speed, with BMW tak­ing cen­tre stage as the Hon­oured Mar­que.

BMW and Mini will con­tinue the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions at Good­wood, dur­ing which they will fo­cus on the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity. As part of this, Mini will show­case its ‘Vi­sion Ve­hi­cle’, cre­ated through part­ner­ships with three pi­o­neer­ing ex­perts in the fields of de­sign, art and in­ter­ac­tiv­ity.

The week-long ex­hi­bi­tion celebrating 100 years of the BMW Group, which is free to the public will show­case its three in­no­va­tive ‘vi­sion ve­hi­cles’ to the Round­house in Cam­den from 18th – 26th June.

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