• Dec 7th 2010 at 7:01PM
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Mini is going to Dakar, or at least the 2011 Dakar Argentina-Chile race. Monster Energy has partnered up with the X-Raid Team to bring a diesel-powered Mini Countryman to the sands of South America in just 90 days. The team started on the project last month, and the reworked Countryman has to be in Argentina before the New Year. Between now and then are hours of wrenching and a few shake-down runs in France on December 13 and 14.

X-Raid has previously campaigned a BMW X3CC, helping the team to nab three FIA World Cup titles for cross country racing, and last year the vehicle helped the team walk away with fourth and fifth place finishes in the 2010 Argentina-Chile race. To that end, the team will be using a turbo-diesel engine borrowed from the bad Bimmer. With 315 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque, the engine brings a substantial bump in power to the table while using the same architecture as the lump found in the 2010 X3CC.

Switching to the Countryman has a number of benefits, including better handling from the vehicle's lower center of gravity and shorter wheelbase, though the team says that ingress and egress is a little more complicated compared to the BMW. Look for the Mini All4 Racing during this year's Argentina-Chile this January.

[Source: X-Raid]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I will admit, I do like the Countryman, could be a fun rally, light trail car. Now it would be cool if they added a bit more stock off-road capabilities, like done here, to it the regular model(S preferably). A bit more power wouldn't hurt either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now if Mini sold a street-legal version of that I may be able to get over the center speedometer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed! They should also make the driver seat centered.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I effing hate that center speedo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did any of you previous posters read the info ?
      It is a worked over BMW diesel.
      So is it really a MINI or ???
      Cool idea but far from a Mini ... really a X3 on a weight loss program

      Center speedo IS Mini ... get over it
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did YOU read the article? The only thing related to the X3CC is the engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So they took a BMW X1 and put a Mini body on it? The proportions with the long hood and the probably needed rear biased 4WD would support this theory.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hell yes, that is awesome. I want one. Hope to see more manufacturers putting an effort towards this kind of racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it, now let's see if they'll offer a John Copper Works setup for the regular Countryman
      • 4 Years Ago
      That mini looks surprisingly good on a raised suspension!
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