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
Except of course it isn't. Oh, it's a whole lot closer than, say, a Ferrari 458 is to a Ferrari F10 Grand Prix car, but, even so, no ordinary hatchback is going to be much like a car designed to win one of the premier motorsport championships. The road car uses 184bhp to propel 1,455kg, whereas rally car has 300-odd bhp (the regulations specify a 33mm air restrictor) and a rules-limited 1,200kg minimum. The road-car bodyshell is used, and it's the same thickness of steel too, except around the engine bay where the rally car is beefed up.