When Mini announced plans to bring the Countryman to its showrooms, the brand's acolytes recoiled in horror at the thought of a bloated all-wheel-drive model joining the range. To prove that the new micro-crossover has the chops to live up to Mini's race pedigree, Mini partnered with Prodrive to create the Countryman WRC. There was much rejoicing. Now EVO Magazine has put the little rally beast through its paces on a track.

The race-prepped Countryman looks quick and controllable, slicing through apexes and sending tires to the great smoky beyond. Maybe we should politely ask Prodrive to give our long-term Countryman the once-over. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.



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      adrive7
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only proof needed for the potential of these cars is the results from WRC Germany this year. Sordo finishing 3rd overall and Meeke running strong throughout the rally, despite his eventual DNF. I'm just excited to see another manufacturer in the game.
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was expecting to see a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo destroying a countryman on the track. Misleading headline..... (Never parting with my Evo IX)
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        torqued
        • 3 Years Ago
        Turbo, AWD, 6-speed manual, and a little over 3000lbs for the road-going version. WRC-ifiied with a lot more power and about 500 fewer pounds. Yeah, I watched that video and though minivan too...
          • 3 Years Ago
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      liam
      • 3 Years Ago
      i read this wrong.. i thought it was going to be a mitsu evo racing a mini.... what a disappointment
      Edward
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seems that every edition past the first one gets uglier and more ungainly, especially the roofs. Is ugly part of the charm? Is ugly supposed to be distinctive? Somebody please tell me the appeal of the lumpy look.
        • 3 Years Ago
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      Themotoring
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own one mini cooper. It looks so attractive very comfortable to drive. http://themotoring.com/UsedCarsForSale.aspx
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      Ben
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not real knowledgeable about WRC cars (or racing in general) but why no paddles for shifting, and what do you call that push-you-pull-me thing he was using?
        adrive7
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ben
        Paddles were banned for the 2011 season. Mechanical bump shifters like the mini has, however, are allowed.
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