• Dec 13, 2010
X-Raid Mini Countryman All4 Racing – Click above for high-res images

Some vehicles take longer to develop than others, but this has got to be one of the quickest turn-arounds we've seen yet.

When we reported just last week that the X-Raid rally team was preparing a version of the Mini Countryman to take to Dakar, they'd only been working on it for less than a month, but already had what looked like a pretty comprehensive rendering of what the final product would look like. And they weren't kidding: mere days later, the first batch of images have already popped up showing the Dakar-spec Mini looking pretty darn near ready to tackle the South American countryside.

If this isn't the most badass Mini Countryman to date, we don't know what is.



[Source: X-Raid via MotoringFile]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The small wheels make it look out of proportion, making the body look too big.

      Larger tires would look much better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My question is, what engine does this car use? I have heard that it uses a PSA engine and not a BMW/Mini engine.

      I'm not impressed if that is true.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My guess would be that it's powered by the same BMW diesel that powers the X-Raid X3 Dakar trucks. That's probably all it is underneath the body... an X-Raid X3 chassis tarted up in MINI Countryman duds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Mini Cooper/Clubman/Countryman are powered by PSA engines in production form. They've never been powered by anything developed by BMW or Mini themselves.

        @Kevin

        The only relation to the X3CC that this new truck has is the engine. The rest is a Mini Countryman production body panels and chassis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awwwww, It's adorable!
      • 4 Years Ago
      yeah, they are looking less and less like mini's as time goes by. kind of a bummer.
      one question: i saw pics of the mini countryman on their facebook page and it has 4 doors. is the one on here a different version or something?
      here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=262292&id=8285708220
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, this is not cute.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm completely torn as to how I feel about this.
      On one hand its a hot-hatch-esque dakar rally car engineered by Germans, on the other it has a mini badge on it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that looks all kinds of awkward, like someone kicked it in the pants.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTF is that thing!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks pretty mad, I dig it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What an ugly looking thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. And there really isn't anything "mini" about it either. But I guess "Bloated Countryman" isn't very good from a marketing standpoint.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dakar machines are not supposed to look pretty, but this thing is just ridiculously ugly.
        CheckTheseOut
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe... but it sure looks TRAIL RATED.
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