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
Prodrive has so far announced just the one driver signing, Kris Meeke, fresh from winning the IRC series in an S2000 Peugeot. He's got an engineering degree and worked on rally car design before it became obvious how good he was at driving them. I ask David Lapworth, Prodrive's technical director, whether Meeke is as quick as Sebastien Loeb in equal cars. "No. And I'd say that if he were standing here." So why not sign Loeb? "You can't imagine Loeb's salary. Besides, it's a French team. He's the best driver the sport's ever seen. He's Citroen's unfair advantage." Ah well, he's bound to retire eventually.
TopGear has turned up to our meeting with the WRC Countryman in a showroom Countryman, a Cooper All4, the 1.6 turbo four-wheel-drive version. The one that's theoretically close to the rally car.