Having owned two MINIS in the last seven years, and currently the proud of owner of a 2012 Clubman S, needless to say, I was ecstatic to hear that Giant-Alpecin will be driving MINI Clubmans as their official team cars for 2016.
Giant-Alpecin announced this week, after forming a partnership with MINI Netherlands, starting January 1, they’ll be driving the newly redesigned MINI Clubman.
MINI Netherlands brand manager Hidde-Jan Haven said: “The new MINI Clubman offers plenty of space, making it the ideal team car.
“MINI and Team Giant-Alpecin both have a strong focus on innovation and technology. With this partnership we are supporting a successful team with lots of potential.”
Giant-Alpecin’s CEO, Iwan Spekenbrink, said, “Our mission is to inspire cyclists around the world and to encourage sporting excellence. A top brand like MINI will certainly contribute to this.”
He added: “In cycling, much is asked of a team car. The MINI Clubman is the perfect reinforcement for our team.
“This partnership fits perfectly with our ‘Keep Challenging’ philosophy based on innovation, cooperation and continuous improvement.”
MINI and Team Giant-Alpecin: a good team
The MINI Cooper SD Clubman has all the right attributes to contribute to the team’s success in the coming year. With its 190 HP and 400 Nm of torque, it can tackle any mountain stage, and its sprint capacity is excellent; it does the intermediate sprint from 80 to 120 km/h in 6.9 seconds.
Iwan Spekenbrink said: “In cycling, much is asked of a team car. The MINI Clubman is the perfect reinforcement for our team. This partnership fits perfectly with our ‘Keep Challenging’ philosophy based on innovation, cooperation and continuous improvement.” In other words, the partnership between MINI Netherlands and Team Giant-Alpecin offers all the ingredients for sporting excellence in 2016!
Shamelessly, I couldn’t resist showing an image of my Clubman. Giant-Alpecin is welcome to borrow it anytime, provided they replace the gas. 😛
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