At the 2013 Life Ball event in Vienna, Austria this Roberto Cavalli gold-themed Mini Paceman sold for €150,000 or $194,000 with all proceeds helping HIV/AIDS. This is the most expensive Mini ever sold at a Life Ball auction, and Ralf Schepull, the head of Mini brand communications said, “We are very pleased that the one-off MINI has sold for a record price and can thus make a special contribution to projects dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. The charity principle is an important part of the MINI brand, which enjoys a unique platform through this partnership with the Life Ball.”
One of Germany’s lesser known tuning companies, Wetterauer Engineering GmbH has created a new package for the MINI Countryman Cooper S. An interesting foil wrap in this matte brown color was chosen to cover the car, while a new set of 18-inch ATS rims wrapped in 225/45R18 high performance tires complete the exterior look. Inside the MINI Cooper you will find four new lightweight racing bucket seats made of carbon fiber and wrapped in black leather for extra comfort. Pull back the sun visors and you will find blue LED lights for a customized feature, and a oddly placed iPad that looks like you’d smash it with your hand while shifting into fifth gear.
The tuning firm Vilner has made the MINI Cooper S quite luxurious with their latest project. This masterpiece was inspired by the recent MINI Goodwood, a Rolls-Royce designed project. Now the tuners have redone the MINI Cooper S with Bentley styling for the interior. It consists of brown Nappa leather and Alcantara with a diamond shaped theme lining the seats, doors, and roof. Black leather trim compliments the unique Nappa leather, while the exterior received some interesting modifications as well. The MINI Cooper S was wrapped with a matte-grey foil, has black racing stripes running down the car, and a black roof. New 18-inch alloy rims were installed to round out the MINI tuning package, and they are finished in a matte color as well.
Although MINI and Rolls-Royce have the same owner, these two British brands were never meant to share the same styling or performance. A Texas based tuning company name BMP Design was able to fit a Rolls-Royce Allison 250-C20B jet engine from a helipcopter in a Mini Cooper S sports car! You can only imagine what 420 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque feels like in a lightweight car like a MINI. Driving this custom powerful machine must be a challenge, since the driver will have to balance the standard controls, along with the separate levers controlling the fast jet engine. Check out the video after the jump of what a car with a rocket engine sounds like, and see fire shooting out the roof.
Check out this unique Mini Cooper JCW sporting a Louis Vuitton inspired wrap put together by the guys at CoverEFX. Besides the car wrap, the Mini also received gold metallic accents, matte gold trim, black leather, a KW suspension kit, and 17-inch alloy rims wrapped in high performance Toyo tires. Surprisingly the tuning firm offers two performance packages for the Mini Cooper. The first stage features an optimized ECU, sport exhaust system, and high flow air filter for the 1.6-liter turbo engine. After installation it was able to produce 236 PS and 350 Nm of torque, but the stage 2 is able to improve it even further.