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MINI has just released the first real photos and full specifications of the WRC Countryman. While there are no real surprises (if you know your WRC cars) it is noteworthy to see some of the details.

As we’ve reported MINI WRC was developed by Prodrive in accordance to the new FIA Super 2000 regulations on the basis of the MINI Countryman production model. However the engine is 100% BMW Motorsport. What we still don’t know is how closely (if at all) it’s related to factory the MINI/JCW powerplant.

Looking at the design of the car we see the JCW brand is used thoroughly and there are some new radical elements we hadn’t seen before. The car features the classic Red and White MINI rally livery from the 1960 but it’s clearly updated and modern in every way. Also evident are the pains MINI has gone through to keep the stock look of the WRC Countryman. It’s going to be very interesting to see how this not only looks next to the new Ford Fiesta and Citroen’s new DS3 rally cars.

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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

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 Öhlins Macpherson strut, 3 way adjustable damper
Rear: Prodrive Öhlins Macpherson strut, 3 way adjustable damper

ATS wheels and Michelin tyres Gravel: 15” diameter Tarmac: 18” diameter