• Jul 22, 2010
Mini Countryman – Click above for high-res image gallery

Rally and the original Mini went together like sugar and grits. That pint-sized Brit made a habit of showing up at stages, mopping the floor with the competition and motoring home with trophies in tow. The wringability of the little hatches helped catapult them into the storied halls of motorsports lore – something that the new generation of Mini machines has been quick to capitalize on. Now that the brand is set to introduce the Countryman, there's some concern as to whether or not the high-riding CUV can adhere to the brand's ethos of punching above its weight.

We've heard repeated murmurings in the past about a collaboration between the rally gurus at Prodrive and Mini that could result in the honkin' Countryman doing battle in the most grueling rally arena of them all – the WRC. A new report says that the two companies will announce something pertinent to their work together later this week. We're hoping that means a first look at the rally beater, but since we haven't heard word one from Mini just yet, it's hard telling. Autocar seems to think that the announcement may have more to do with the team's schedule than anything else, saying that it expects Mini to hit the WRC by the time Rally Italy rolls around in May of 2011.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      How lokg is it going to take for them to release this thing? Camaro-like gestation times here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope Porsche shows up just to crush their dreams.
        • 4 Years Ago
        PS: I dislike Mini. The 1st gen neon, while not as stylish, out performed the mini in every category. The 1st gen Mini's engine was even a chrysler engine, which Mini enthusiasts HATE hearing about.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously, again with the Neons?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gosh, that thing mush be really heavy. I know they'll modify it, but still.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only I had some fire with which to kill it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think this will be a full bore manufacturer team, as Mini dealers will have to contribute some $$$ to this program. BMW might help them and give them some cash, but Prodrive will be on their own to do it, but maybe BMW will help finance them. BMW says that they want the Countryman WRC to be a winner and that Marcus Gronholm has been linked to this project. He might help Mini achieve their aspirations.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is off topic, but dear God its ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Right Click

      Dude...check this shi* out...im so getting a bonus this year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The wringability of the little hatches helped catapult them into the storied halls of motorsports lore"

      The only problem with that comment is that the original Mini wasn't a hatch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's terrible news...

      those poor spectators.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is a monstrosity.