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    Official: Mini exiting WRC after just one year

    There was a fair bit of hullabaloo two years ago when Mini announced a return to the World Rally Championship for this season, but the road to making that happen has been as rocky as a gravel stage. It spent 2011 developing its JCW Countryman WRC challenger, changing its mind about how it wanted ...

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    Official: Mini changes tracks with Prodrive WRC team

    The road taken by Mini to the World Rally Championship has been anything but smooth. After contesting a handful of rallies last season, Mini and Prodrive (the outfit running the team on the manufacturer's behalf) was set to contest the full calendar this year. But then the team failed to register ...

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    Official: Mini claims first international rally win

    It may not be a World Rally Championship event, but Mini is celebrating its first win at an international rally (at least its first such win of the modern era). The event in question was the Qatar International Rally, a fully FIA-sanctioned event that kicks off the 2012 Middle East Rally ...

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    Report: Mini dumps rally driver due to budget issues

    We were pretty surprised to find out just a few days ago that Mini's new rally team had, for some reason, failed to sign up for next year's World Rally Championship. "Inexplicable" is what we called it at the time, but the latest reports coming out of the UK where the team is based could serve to ...

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    Report: Whoops! Mini misses WRC registration deadline

    Mini – or Prodrive, the outfit that preps Mini's rally cars – has inexplicably failed to file for entry into the 2012 World Rally Championship before the series' December 20 deadline. Mini's first year back at the top level of rallying as a development team yielded two podiums, and ...

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    Report: Prodrive working on WRC-inspired Mini Countryman

    Autocar reports that Mini may be working on a more sinister version of Countryman. The hotter crossover would receive the once-over by the rally kings at Prodrive using lessons learned from the Mini WRC effort. Dave Richards, the head honcho at Prodrive, has made it clear that road-going versions ...

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    Video: EVO thrashes the Mini Countryman WRC

    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 ...

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    Mini and Prodrive officially launch WRC team at Oxford

    It's been a long time in the making, but after confirming their participation some eight months ago and unveiling the car in Monte Carlo for nostalgia's sake, Mini and Prodrive have finally and officially launched their joint World Rally Championship effort at the Mini assembly plant in Oxford, ...

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    Mini rallies back to Monte Carlo with new Countryman WRC

    2011 Mini Countryman WRC in Monte Carlo – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Back in the 1960s, the Monte Carlo Rally ran from Marrakech to Monaco (the opposite direction from the Paris-Dakar) and the old-guard Mini made headlines when it took the checkered flag in '64 an '67. These ...

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    Prodrive develops supercharged Ford V8 for Falcon

    Prodrive turns the Falcon into a real Boss – Click above to view high-res image gallery
    The latest news from Oz comes courtesy of Prodrive, which has a close relationship with Ford Performance Vehicles. Starting with a Coyote V8 engine block, Prodrive has created a supercharged V8 that's ...

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    Mini confirms entry into 2011 World Rally Championship with Countryman

    2011 Mini Countryman WRC – Click above to enlarge
    Were it not for the efforts of John Cooper and drivers like Paddy Hopkirk on the European rally stages of the 1960s, the Mini brand probably wouldn't have the beloved reputation that it does today – in fact, it's possible it would ...

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    Report: Mini Countryman to enter Rally Italy in 2011

    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 ...

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    Toyota set to return to World Rally Championship with Prodrive?

    In any form of motorsport, manufacturers come and go, but the sport continues to be shaped by the teams and the major players that lead them. So when Subaru packed up and left the World Rally Championship, you knew it was only a matter of time before David Richards and his company Prodrive would ...

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    Aston Martin looks set to flood Le Mans grids with new prototype

    Lola-Aston Martin LMP1 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Since returning to the sportscar racing scene in 2005, Aston Martin Racing has expanded its scope to cover every category of GT racing from the GT4-spec Vantage to the GT1-spec DBR9. But few were prepared for the full-on ...

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    Subaru fans celebrate P1's 10-year anniversary in the UK

    Subaru Impreza P1 10th Anniversary Gathering – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Looking back, the year 2000 was a pretty special time. The world had survived the Y2K fiasco with nary a scratch... other than having a pile of soon-to-be obsolete VCRs that were suddenly even more ...

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    Prodrive launches new rally-spec Subaru Impreza N2010

    Prodrive Impreza N2010 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Prodrive has had a number of clients over the years. They've raced Ferraris at Le Mans, racked up innumerable victories for Aston Martin, and even ran Honda's Formula One team until they took the reins themselves. But few ...

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    REPORT: Two bidders step up to acquire Renault F1

    Renault looks set to be the next automaker to bail out of Formula 1, and it appears that there are two serious bidders in line to take over the operation. Renault will hold a special board meeting this week to decide on the racing team's fate, and it looks like it may go ahead and just line up a ...

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    Prodrive reportedly working on phantom Mini crossover rally car

    Mini Crossover Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Rumors have been circulating for months that Mini is preparing an upcoming assault on the World Rally Championship. But since they surfaced, little else has been said. The apparent reason for that delay, as emerging reports ...

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    Grand Primer: A dozen new teams lodge bids to enter F1

    Whatever the outcome of the standoff between the Formula One Teams Association and the FIA, it was clear from the get-go that F1 was to change dramatically. As it turned out, the two parties – the first representing the teams currently participating in the sport and the second its governing ...

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    Aston Martin to join F1 circus in 2012?

    It looks like GT and Le Mans prototype racing may be just the beginning for Aston Martin. Following an agreement this week with F1 promotions boss, Bernie Ecclestone, Aston Martin could be jumping into the Formula One ranks in 2012. Like Aston's other race programs, it's F1 campaign will be ...


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