Thursday, September 09, 2010

Exciting Racing News

Mini is BACK!

After taking third place in 1963, the little car made its name on the slopes surrounding Monte Carlo with wins in 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1967, then capped it off with another third in 1968 as the Porsche 911 took its first win of three consecutive wins.

After Subaru's factory rally effort ended in 2008, Prodrive was left stranded. After competing at the very top, they needed to get back there. Their old buddies BMW showed up with their little car and now, the Mini will return to racing. This week it was testing on tarmac at the Pro-Drive track. Next week it hits the gravel hard in Portugal. Here's a picture to fap to:

And because this is all so very exciting, here is the Press Release:
* 09.09.2010
* Press Release

Munich. The new MINI Countryman World Rally Car has successfully completed its shakedown phase at Prodrive's private proving ground in Warwickshire.

This initial part of the car's test and development programme took place with the engineering team driving the car over four days, primarily on tarmac, but also including several kilometres on loose surfaces and Prodrive's low grip facility. The car will now travel to Portugal for a week of testing on gravel.

"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, while design of the final World Rally Car bodywork is underway.

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