MINI Countryman WRC car | Automotive News

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Back in July, MINI announced that they’d be returning to the WRC series. The car they’ll be bringing to the fight is the Countryman WRC. Until now there’s only been a sketch and a small amount of information to go off. But now there are several juicy high-res pictures, and extra specifications and details to pour over.

MINI officially introduced the car at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

The MINI WRC, powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder Di turbocharged engine, recently underwent some grueling tests at Prodrive’s rally track. The company had started development of the car back in 2009. The Paris Motor Show is the perfect stage, on which to launch our MINI WRC, says Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing.

The response to our announcement that MINI will return to the world of rallying next year was very positive. The FIA World Rally Championship is the pinnacle of rallying, making it the ideal platform for demonstrating the competitive spirit of our brand. The development of the car is running on schedule, and the preparations for the world championship are in full swing.

The MINI Countryman production model provided the ideal basis for our new world championship challenger.

The rally scene isn’t exactly new for MINI, but it has been quite a while since they’ve been in the game, and their new lineup is quite different to the original MINI – which was actually mini. The original MINI Cooper S became a true legend through its numerous victories on Rally Monte Carlo. The European Rally Championship, too, saw MINI notch up serial successes.

MINI can look back on a successful tradition in rallying, says Dr Wolfgang Armbrecht, Senior Vice President Brand Management MINI. The interest in motorsport among the present generation of MINI customers is massive. The WRC provides an excellent communications platform for the MINI Countryman,upon which the MINI WRC is based.

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Lets just hope that the MINI Countryman WRC car is as charismatic and capable as its granddad was.

The heart of the MINI WRC is the BMW Motorsport-developed 1.6 litre, four cylinder Di turbocharged engine which can be deployed not only in the WRC, but also in other championships running to the FIA’s Super2000 regulations. The power transmission takes place via an Xtrac 6-speed, sequential gearbox. For its outings on the rally stages, the MINI Countryman chassis has been fitted with a roll cage developed by Prodrive.

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