Hi guys! Happy New Year to all of you. As the 2012 starts its engine, Mini is returning to the motorsports scene, participating in the 2012 Dakar rally, and at the World Rally Championship. We all know that Mini is already in the motorsports scene wayback in the 60's — in the RAC event, then pull its plug due to financial status of the company.
As the 2012 Dakar started, they sent four Mini Countryman with highly modified engines— A twin-turbo diesel-fed engine at whopping 315hp, how's that for a Mini —driven by top-gun drivers, one of them is my favorite and former Dakar Champion driver Stephane Peterhansel. Mini partnered with X-Raid motorsports and Monster energy drink. Here are some videos of the said vehicle and drivers.
Here are the technical specification of the vehicle:
Engine: Twin-turbo diesel
Power Output: 315hp at 4000rpm
Torque: approx. 700Nm / 1900rpm
Top speed: approx. 181km/h
Transmission: six-speed sequential gearbox
Here are some images of the vehicles: