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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 more we hear about Mini's quest to run the Countryman in the World Rally Championship, the less and less it sounds like a publicity stunt. The company has just finished testing its prototype rally beater at Prodrive's private test facility, putting the car through its paces over four days and multiple road surfaces. According to Mini, most of the abuse took place on a tarmac circuit, though the team did spend plenty of time getting the car situated on a few low-grip stages. The R&D was p

MINI USA has announced the "MINI Takes the States" cross-country rally for all MINI owners and enthusiasts. The 3,123-mile road trip kicks off in August at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races in California and ends two weeks later at the Lime Rock Vintage Festival in Connecticut.