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
The engine block is the same as the one in the road car, though that's really a matter of coincidence. The new rules say you have to use a 1.6 turbo, but it's an FIA-approved motorsport package that can also be used for other events such as Super Touring. The rally car isn't allowed the road car's Valvetronic valve actuation so it sticks to conventional camshafts. The rally car has a six-speed sequential box, the same Xtrac unit that Ford uses. You need a clutch pedal as semi-auto is banned. The road car has an H-pattern synchro.