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FIA World Rally Championships Welcomes MINI Countryman WRC

October 1st, 2010 · No Comments

In 2011, MINI will make a comeback in the FIA World Rally Championships (WRC) and will continue to compete from 2012 and onwards.

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Prodive, a British automotive engineering group, helped develop the car that will compete in the WRC.  The MINI Countryman WRC is packed with BMW Motorpsport’s four-cylinder 1.6 liter petroleum engine.  The MINI Countryman WRC has passed the new regulations of Super2000 which means employing turbo engines that comes with an engine displacement of 1,600 cc and the production of four-wheel drive vehicles that comes with technologies that are relevant on the road.  MINI Countryman WRC’s first test drive will take place in the autumn of 2010.

According to Ian Robertson, a member of BMW AG’s Board of Management, the car company is pleased to know that the MINI brand will be joining in one of the best international motorsport in the world. Since a great chunk of MINI customers are also interested in motorsport, MINI’s success on the rally circuit will be of great importance to the brand’s image.  Robertson is confident that the MINI Countryman model is a great base car for the brand to create more racing cars that could compete in other world championships.  He also expressed his strong belief in Prodrive as the brand’s partner in getting the project right on track.

David Richards, Prodrive’s chairman, also expressed his conviction their modified MINI will be embraced as a favorite in the rally circuit as it is loved by its owners around the world.  He also added that they have orders for the new MINI already and that the deliveries will kick off early in 2011.

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