“Sleigh ride” propelled by 306 horsepower: through Lapland in the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman.

MINI John Cooper Works Clubman (12/2020)

Munich. There must be something about the training
conditions of their Finnish homeland to have spawned two of the best
drivers who ever took the wheel on the rally tracks of this world.
Timo Mäkinen and Rauno Aaltonen from Finland acquired the sensitive
touch in their hands and feet driving on deserted roads through
Lapland that were usually already covered in snow by late autumn, and
sometimes also on frozen lakes. Later on, the rally drivers were to
benefit from this experience when they were battling in a fight for
seconds during rally competitions. MINI has particularly special
associations with the two “Flying Finns”. In 1965 and 1967
respectively, Mäkinen and Aaltonen won the second and third overall
victory driving the classic MINI Cooper S in the Monte Carlo Rally.

Right from the start, you can sense that sporty driving in Lapland
requires a special skill set, even when travelling on a winter road
trip in a modern model of the British premium brand like the
MINI John Cooper Works Clubman (combined fuel consumption:
7.4 – 7.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
169 – 161 g/km). The power of 225 kW/306 hp under the engine bonnet
demands sensitive use of the accelerator pedal, while the ALL4
all-wheel drive takes over high-precision distribution of the beefy
drive torque between the front and rear wheels. And if high spirits
take over, there’s always Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) to calm
things down.

Power at this level, four driven wheels and electronic assistants
were not yet available in the golden age of Mäkinen and Aaltonen. They
accomplished their spectacular driving manoeuvres with much more
modest means. In 2010, they were the first drivers to be honoured in
the newly established “Rally Hall of Fame” – together with Paddy
Hopkirk from Northern Ireland, who had already captured the first
“Monte” overall win driving the classic Mini in 1964. It’s unlikely to
be a coincidence that the Rally Hall of Fame is actually located in
Finland. The greats in this discipline are saluted at the Mobilia
automobile museum in Tampere. Over the years, numerous other rally
drivers from the Land of a Thousand Lakes have earned the epithet of
“Flying Finn”. No fewer than eleven of the current 26 members of the
“Rally Hall of Fame” are Finns. A visit to the museum therefore forms
the ideal launchpad for a road trip in the tracks of the rallying
legends. The anticipation grows spontaneously at the prospect of
testing the performance attributes of the
MINI John Cooper Works Clubman on ice and snow.

Anybody setting off from Tampere to Lapland has the option of
travelling north for hundreds of kilometres along the western coast of
Finland so that they can gradually acclimatise to the region’s arctic
temperatures. In Lapland, winter manifests itself in its pure form:
bone-chillingly cold and with lots of snow. It’s important to be well
wrapped up in warm clothing. The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman offers
generous space for the appropriate apparel in its baggage compartment
of 360 litres behind the twin hinged barn-door style rear doors. After
folding down the rear-seat backrest, the volume of stowage space even
increases to 1 250 litres. And additional space is available in the
MINI roof box to accommodate windcheater jackets, skiing underwear and
woollen socks. It offers capacity of 320 litres and can be securely
fixed to the optional roof rails of the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman
and to the carrier supplied in the MINI Original accessories range in
few simple steps.

After a stopover in Lapland’s capital city of Rovaniemi, it’s just a
short trip to cross the Arctic Circle in the north. The vastness of
the landscape is an invitation to simply follow the road on a journey
through dense pine forests and past numerous lakes. The MINI
John Cooper Works Clubman ploughs imperturbably through deep snow. Far
away from stop signs and traffic lights, icy surfaces present an open
invitation to refine the art of drifting round bends.

The region of Lapland extends over the entire north of the countries
of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. It encompasses the settlement
area of the Sámi indigenous people, whose culture and history are
documented in a museum in the village of Inari. Anybody who has made
it this far, may well be thinking about continuing their journey up to
the North Cape on the Norwegian island of Magerøya. After all, it’s
only another 400 kilometres of driving.

Lots of places in Lapland offer the opportunity of going on a
snowshoe hiking tour or a ride in a dog sleigh to discover Arctic
foxes, snowy owls and other animals in their natural environment.
Moreover, tourists from all over the world are attracted to the far
north to get a glimpse of the northern lights during a long winter
night. You have to be quick when the temperatures and visibility
conditions are just right for this natural phenomenon in order to get
to a good viewing point at the right time. The MINI
John Cooper Works Clubman doesn’t disappoint and this additional trip
provides yet another treat. During the night-time “sleigh ride” with
306 horsepower, the optional adaptive LED headlamps with matrix
function for high beam illuminate the route leading to one of the
viewing points that offer a particularly good view of the brightly
coloured and spectacular heavenly display.

Ranua Wildlife Park provides a stunning introduction to the animal
world of the Arctic. It is located on the outskirts of the little town
of Ranua approximately 80 kilometres south of Rovaniemi, and visitors
to the zoo get an opportunity to see at close quarters elk, reindeer,
brown bears and polar bears, wolves, arctic foxes and lots of other
animals that are indigenous to northern Scandinavia. Wooden tracks and
bridges wend their way past the spacious enclosures. Ranua Wildlife
Park was opened in 1983 and is the most popular tourist attraction in
the north of Finland.

Apartment houses and Arctic Fox Igloos provide accommodation for a
longer stay at the Wildlife Park. These amenities are located directly
on the banks of Lake Ranuanjärvi. They have their own sauna and a
bedroom with panoramic viewing window looking north to provide an
outstanding vantage point. There’s virtually nowhere else in Lapland
where you can view the famous polar lights in a more comfortable or
warmer environment.

In case of queries, please contact:
Corporate Communications

Matthias Bode, Press Spokesperson Product Communication
Tel.: +49-89-382-61742
E-mail: matthias.bode@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption were
measured using the methods required according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. The figures are calculated using a vehicle
fitted with basic equipment in Germany, the ranges stated take into
account differences in selected wheel and tyre sizes as well as the
optional equipment. They may change during configuration.

The figures have already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. In these
vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for
the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are
(also) based on CO2 emissions.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the
“Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption
of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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