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
So the WRC Mini's mechanicals are broadly similar not to the road Mini but to the WRC Citroen DS3 and WRC Fiesta. But Lapworth says that because the Mini WRC was conceived all-of-a-piece to new regs and engineered in good time, rather than being put together between trying to compete, it's got some very elegant simplified engineering. For instance, all four suspension uprights are the same, and the front and rear anti-roll bars too, plus there are several bigger-than-usual bolt-on assemblies. It all helps when you're fixing a car against the clock in a muddy tent in the middle of nowhere at the dead of night.