Mini set to return to rallying
28/07/10 12:42 Filed in: News
is to make a return to rallying with ambitious plans to tackle the World Rally Championship, starting with selected rounds in the 2011 series and a full season in 2012.
The original Mini, of course, boosted its image with numerous rally successes for the Mini Cooper S, driven by drivers like Paddy Hopkirk and Rauno Aaltonen. Hopkirk won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally at the wheel of a Cooper S, while Aaltonen won the RAC Rally in 1965 and the Monte Carlo Rally 1967.
The car for the new rally challenge will be the new Mini Countryman WRC, which is being developed with Mini by Britain’s Prodrive competition car specialists, probably best known for their long association with the Subaru rally team.
Power for the rally version of the Mini Countryman will come from a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo-charged engine produced by BMW Motorsport. As such it will comply with the new Super2000 regulations introduced by the FIA for cars with 1.6-litre turbo engines and four-wheel drive.
Prodrive has been working on developing the MINI Countryman WRC since early 2009.