Prodrive has completed the first test run of the WRC Countryman at its secret proving ground in Warwickshire England. The initial phase of the test includes the team driving the car most on tarmac but also spending some time on gravel and dirt. Round two of testing will be completed on gravel in Portugal in the coming weeks.

“As with any totally new car, it is vital to take time to ensure all the systems are working as intended before embarking on a week long gravel test,” said David Lapworth, Prodrive technical director.

This first test car is running with an interim body and aero package. The final design of the WRC Countryman bodywork is underway in Munich.