MINI Countryman Headed To WRC For 2011

15 Jul 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on MINI Countryman Headed To WRC For 2011
MINI Countryman

Headed To WRC For

The MINI Countryman WRC Car

The classic Cooper was a legendary rally car in the and has been campaigned by many at almost every level of the Now, the official factory to take the World Rally is back under BMW’s with the 2011 MINI the platform of choice. Starting year, MINI will a limited set of races before full-time in 2012.

MINI’s return to WRC is enabled by two factors: the addition of the ALL4 drive system with the new and the shift by the WRC to Super2000 rules for the season. While the Countryman be converted to an all-wheel drive for WRC purposes only (the RS WRC to be campaigned by Ken Block next is a prime example of this) it suits MINI’s marketing for the helping to pitch the vehicle as a production car, a sure aid to in Europe, and, among the here in the U.S. as well.

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The shift to Super2000 rules is the important factor, however. a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine the new rules cut the current engines from 2.0-liters while a natural fit with the MINI’s production engine. Perhaps more importantly, the shift to rules means teams face about 25 percent in the way of costs each season.

Cost was the motivating factor in MINI parent BMW out of Formula 1. so the cost paired with the relevance to the actual production Countryman could be the ultimate justifying the project within the

Best of all for MINI fans, the team will be working Prodrive, the racing program behind Aston Martin and formerly with the world-championship Subaru World Rally

Prodrive has been at work the racing version of the MINI since 2009, and Prodrive David Richards thinks the will be a contender as well as a fan During the 1960s MINI the imagination of the world when the car took on the might of V8 powered and won what was then one of the toughest events, the 4000-km Monte rally.

I believe our new MINI will a firm favorite of the latest of rally fans, just as it is by its millions of owners across the We already have a significant of confirmed customer orders for the new rally car with the first scheduled for the start of the 2011 said Richards.

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