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Mini Countryman rally car shown testing for WRC

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Mini Countryman rally car shown testing for WRC

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 9th, 2010 at 12:31PM

The more we hear about Mini's quest to run the Countryman in the World Rally Championship, the less and less it sounds like a publicity stunt. The company has just finished testing its prototype rally beater at Prodrive's private test facility, putting the car through its paces over four days and multiple road surfaces. According to Mini, most of the abuse took place on a tarmac circuit, though the team did spend plenty of time getting the car situated on a few low-grip stages. The R&D was prep for an excursion to Portugal, where the team plans to put the Countryman through a full week of gravel testing.

Despite the psycho-swirly camo, Mini says that the racer is currently wearing "an interim body and aero package" while the minds at Prodrive concoct the final lines. It remains to be seen who the company will come up with to helm its high-riding missile. We're just happy to see Mini back in the WRC. Hit the jump for the brief press release.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/09/mini-countryman-rally-car-shown-testing-for-wrc/

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