MINI WRC Team Gets Down To Business

April 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

During an even at the MINI Plant in Oxford, the WRC team officially launched its 2011 program which includes six rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with the MINI John Cooper Works WRC.

Mini’s comeback to world rally championship will begin for real from next year. The 2011 Season is more of a warm up for the car and the drivers. The car will be tested against its rivals for the first time at the Rally d’Italia Sardegna from 5th to 8th May 2011. The goal in the debut season is to gain valuable experience to be perfectly prepared to take on the entire 2012 World Rally Championship.

MINI WRC Team Gets Down To Business mini wrc

Speaking of the car, the MINI John Cooper Works WRC is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo engine also used in MINI production cars, which was developed by BMW Motorsport for use in series complying with FIA Super 2000 regulations, including the World Touring Car Championship.

The driver lineup for this season includes Kris Meeke (GB)/Paul Nagle (IR) and Dani Sordo (ES)/Carlos del Barrio (ES).

“On the one hand, MINI can look back on a unique success story,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of the BMW AG for Sales and Marketing. “On the other hand, MINI is the epitome of excitement for millions of fans around the world and thrills them with its energy. This is precisely what we are able to authentically represent through our motorsport involvement in the World Rally Championship. Thrilling rally events, ultimate performances by man and machine, and as much success as possible, of course: motorsport is pure emotion – just as MINI is for its fans.”