It sure ain’t mini in size, but the Mini Countryman fulfills the WRC regs and got off to a good start in its quest for success. Whether it can ever emulate the glory days of its forebear (FAR LEFT) is in the hands of Prodrive, BMW, and drivers Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo.
change, three passive di;erentials, an
engine which has tighter controls over it
than ever before (producing just over
300hp) and a restricted aero package.
These moves have made it more cost-e;ective than ever for manufacturers to
bring their base vehicle (which still
doesn’t have to be turbo or four-wheel
drive) and let a specialist like Prodrive
build them a world-beater.
The Mini made its debut in May’s
Rally d’Italia in Sardinia and immediately
scored. Britain’s Kris Meeke was running
fourth when a throttle problem forced
him o; the road and out of the rally,
while his Spanish teammate Dani Sordo
was sixth at the finish. For a testing
rally, which is both fast and rough, that
was considered a good inaugural result.