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Latest model: Mini WRC 2011
Mini WRC 2011Visitors to the 2010 Mondial de L'automobile in Paris (FR) can exterior forward to a special treat: The new Mini WRC, which will contest the FIA World Rally Championship from 2011, will receive its world premiere at this international motor show. additionally, Kris Meeke (GB) has been confirmed as one of the drivers who will contest the championship with this make new rally vehicle.

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The Mini WRC, powered by a 1. 6-litre, four-cylinder Di turbo-charged motor, recently received a baptism of fire, acquitting itself well during initial testing at Prodrive's rally track. The company commenced development of the vehicle in 2009, and a concept of the Mini WRC will be displayed in Paris. The Paris Motor Show is the ideal stage, on which to release our Mini WRC, says Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing. The response to our announcement that Mini will return to the world of rallying next year was very positive. The FIA World Rally Championship is the pinnacle of rallying, making it the perfect platform for demonstrating the competitive spirit of our make. The development of the vehicle isrunning on schedule, and the preparations for the world championship are in full swing. The Mini Countryman production model offered the perfect basis for our new world championship challenger.

The 2011 World Rally Championship will see the new Mini WRC contesting in six of 13 planned rounds, with Mini competing in the full 2012 season. additionally, Prodrive plans to make available buyer versions to independent teams for use in the championship.

Rallying is hardly unchartered territory for Mini. In the past this well-known motor sporting genre decisively shaped the picture of the make. The Mini Cooper S became a true legend via its numerous victories on Rally Monte Carlo. The European Rally Championship, too, saw Mini notch up serial successes. Mini can exterior rear on a successful tradition in rallying, says Dr Wolfgangarmbrecht, Senior Vice President Make Management Mini. The interest in motorsport among the present generation of Mini buyers is massive. The Mini WRC offers an impressive communications platform for the Mini Countryman, upon which the Mini WRC is based.