Top Gear drives the Dakar-winning Mini
Before it conquered South America, we took the 311bhp X-Raid Mini Countryman for a shakedown
Posted: 26 Feb 2014
"The weakest link in the car? That's easy. It's the spacer we have to put in between the steering wheel and the seat." The driver. For the purposes of today that's me. I should feel fortunate, but I've experienced stuff like this before. Last year, I did the Baja 1000 desert race. Some days, I wonder if my internal organs will ever wire themselves back up properly.
Because, make no mistake, this is not a Mini you're looking at. It's a wheeled torture chamber. I know you're thinking that, with BMW's coffers to call on, this must be one of the best designed, plushest off-road racers in the world. You just steer and watch Morocco waft by, wave at a camel, try not to crash into an oasis.
Words: Ollie Marriage
Pictures: Howard Simms
This feature first appeared in Top Gear magazine