TG’s slidey, sideways ride in Mini’s new WRC weapon
The rallying Countryman may be a bit brutal to look at, but it’s ready to give the WRC an almighty kick up the backside in 2011
Posted: 14 Apr 2011
Especially as I've just been strapped in for an exclusive ride in the sole prototype. It was a proper tyre-smoking perma-slidey ride too, turbo engine bouncing towards its redline, sequential 'box banging through the gears, stripped-out bodyshell shouting the whole effort straight down my earholes. In 2011, the cars might have a fraction less power than before, but the Mini shows there will be more-than-ample compensation. We'll have close competition between maxed-out versions of cars you recognise, going like stink, scattering the snow and gravel to the four winds, and making a whole lot of noise while they're at it.