It’s been something of an ignominious end for MINI’s World Rally Championship return – having rolled up at the start of the 2011 season with the newly developed Countryman WRC, the car was initially competitive in the hands of drivers Chris Meeke and Dani Sordo.
We make no apologies for this Subaru special issue of ROAD Magazine this month, so if you’re not a fan of the incredible Pleiades-star cluster brand, you can still read Neil Cole’s column on the Monte Carlo rally and our report from the last month’s Autosport Show.
MINI is back in Monte Carlo and this time it’s the iconic version that won the famous rally in the sixties meeting up with the latest MINI WRC that sees the brand back on the world rally stage. Rauno Aaltonen (FI) was driving the 1960s version when he was greeted at the end of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique in the early hours of the 2nd February by Kris Meeke (GB) and Dani Sordo (ES), the drivers who will revive the brand’s rallying tradition this year with the MINI Countryman-based WRC contender.
Hot on the heels of Sebastien Loeb’s 2011 DS3 WRC challenger, new boys MINI and the experienced team of Ford/M-Sport released their 2011 WRC…
The new MINI Countryman World Rally Car has successfully completed its shakedown phase at Prodrive’s private proving ground in Warwickshire.
Mini to return to WRC with Prodrive
Some welcome upgrades to Subaru’s Impreza but we still await the Cosworth Impreza STI CS400.
Prodrive’s N2010 Group N Impreza rally car plus Honda Civic Type R ‘Championship White’ at the Nurburgring.
Cosworth and Subaru forge a one-off collaboration to redefine the hot-hatchback.
Prodrive provides yet another way to spend your £120,000 motorsport budget.