Mini Countryman World Rally Car completes stage 1 shakedown, gets teased

Mini Countryman WRC

For those of you really excited about the upcoming Mini Countryman rally model, the automaker announced today that the “new MINI Countryman World Rally Car has successfully completed its shakedown phase at Prodrive”s private proving ground in Warwickshire.”

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Mini said that the Mini Countryman World Rally Car completed the initial part of the car’s test and development with the engineering team driving the car over four days, primarily on tarmac, but also including several kilometres on loose surfaces and Prodrive”s low grip facility.  The prototype will now travel to Portugal for a week of testing on gravel.

“As with any totally new car, it is vital to take time to ensure all the systems are working as intended before embarking on a week long gravel test,” said David Lapworth, Prodrive technical director.

Refresher: The base 2011 Mini Countryman is available in the U.S. with a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine making 120-hp and a maximum torque of 118 lb-ft. The Mini Cooper S Countryman model is powered by a 1.6L twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 180-hp and 177 lb-ft (192 lb-ft with Overboost) of torque. Both models come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic is available as an option.

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– By: Kap Shah