• Dec 22, 2010
Click above to watch the video after the jump

Don't you just hate it when video editors splice in soundtracks over the exhaust notes of the most menacing machines on four wheels? Lord knows we do. But sometimes they're worth watching anyway. Like in the case of the Mini Countryman which the X-Raid rally team is preparing for Dakar.

Easily the most awesome thing done with a Mini since The Italian Job, X-Raid has taken their damn-near-ready Mini rally raider to Le Creusot, an off-road test track at Saône-et-Loire in the Burgundy region of France. And despite the obnoxious French music, it looks like they had a good time doing it, too. Follow the jump to check it out for yourself – just turn down the volume at first. And as a special bonus, we've included additional high-resolution images in the gallery below for your desktop wallpapering pleasure.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      There is no place for qualifications as "obnoxious French music". If you don't like it, that's fine but do not connect obnoxiousity of the music with the nationality. Advising readers to "just turn down the volume at first" makes me instead curious to listen to the end!
      I am not French, but consider this as offending other's culture. Bad taste, lad (not musical, of course)!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats one mean mini
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now you guys over at AB should be looking at that last part of the article.

        Versus will be broadcasting (albeit a half hour slot) The Dakar Rally. Meaning, post up a "SPOILER ALERT" when announcing the results. Please. That's all I ask. You guys already ruined the FIA GT1 championship for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of all the strange Raid Rally vehicle designs, this one is the goofiest looking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Mini looks awesome when it is airborne.