It probably comes no little surprise that we bring you this news today, but yes, Porsche has beaten MINI in the much-hyped race at the in-field of Road Atlanta today.
The battle between “The Mighty” MINI Cooper and the “Fancy Pants” Porsche 911 was the result of a video challenge laid down by the head of MINI USA, Jim McDowell, around two weeks ago.
Although Porsche turned down the offer to race – and MINI apparently ignored Hyundai’s efforts to score some free publicity by offering to stand in for the too-precious Germans – MINI invited Porsche club driver Cory Friedman along to make sure the event wasn’t all smoke and no fire.
On what could loosely be called a track – and one that admittedly was designed as a handling course with tight corners and minimal straights to give the MINI the best possible chance at an upset – the Porsche led from start to finish to embarrass its ambitious challenger by two seconds.
MINI was quick to point out that the difference can be calculated to $US38,000 ($43,300) per second, but perhaps a warm up against Hyundai wouldn’t have been such a bad idea after all.
As the loser of the challenge, Mr McDowell will now be forced to wear a T-shirt with “We did not beat Porsche” printed on the front at his next public appearance.
Both MINI and Porsche are yet to react to the race result, but we’ll keep you posted on any more developments in this rather ridiculous David vs Goliath virtual battle.