At the 2010 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris, MINI took off the wraps on its all-new sporty ride, the MINI WRC. As the name suggests, the highly tweaked/packed MINI will be among the participants in the FIA World Rally Championship season 2011. Scheduled to compete in six of the all 13 rounds in the 2011 WRC championship, the MINI WRC will be piloted by the British pro driver Kris Meeke.

The WRC vehicle is based upon a production MINI Countryman model fitted with a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder Di turbo-charged powerplant.

Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing , shared: "The Paris Motor Show is the perfect stage, on which to launch our MINI WRC. The response to our announcement that MINI will return to the world of rallying next year was very positive. The FIA World Rally Championship is the pinnacle of rallying, making it the ideal platform for demonstrating the competitive spirit of our brand. The development of the car is running on schedule, and the preparations for the world championship are in full swing. The MINI Countryman production model provided the ideal basis for our new world championship challenger."

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MINI WRC secifications list:


  • Length: 4,110 mm
  • Width: 1,820 mm
  • Weight: 1,200 kg (FIA minimum weight)


  • BMW Motorsport 1,600 cc, direct injection petrol
  • Garrett turbocharger - maximum boost 2.5 bar
  • Dry sump


  • Permanent four wheel drive
  • Gearbox: Xtrac 6-speed sequential
  • Clutch: AP Racing sintered twin plate
  • Front differential: Plated limited slip
  • Rear differential: Plated limited slip


  • Hydraulic power assisted


  • MINI Countryman bodyshell with Prodrive roll cage exceeding FIA regulations


  • Front: Prodrive Ohlins Macpherson strut, 3 way adjustable damper
  • Rear: Prodrive Ohlins Macpherson strut, 3 way adjustable damper


  • ATS wheels and Michelin tyres
  • Gravel: 15" diameter
  • Tarmac: 18" diameter


  • AP Racing


  • Front: four piston, 300 mm
  • Rear: four piston, 300 mm


  • Front: four piston, 355 mm
  • Rear: four piston, 355 mm