MINI back in WRC with the Countryman

July 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

After years and years of absence MINI is finally in a position to make a big comeback to World Rally Championship and they will be doing so starting from 2011 season.

The car charged with the job is the new Countryman crossover which is currently getting the WRC treatment by Prodrive.

MINI back in WRC with the Countryman MINI Countryman WRC

The cat will be made under new Super2000 regulations, which means it will be powered by 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo-charged engine. Next year Mini will compete in just a number of the events, but from 2012 they will be participating full time!

Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing, says: “I am delighted MINI will be represented on one of the most popular stages in international motorsport. The success enjoyed on the rally circuit has made a vital contribution to the image of the brand. MINI customers have always shown great interest in motorsport. I am convinced we will add a few more chapters to our success story in rallying. The MINI Countryman provides an excellent basis, from which to create a competitive racing car for the world championship. In Prodrive, we have a strong and experienced partner. We will work hard together over the coming months to ensure we get the project on track right from the word go.”