Mini ready to eat sand with the X-Raid All4 Countryman

Mini ready to eat sand with the X-Raid All4 Countryman

The new four-door Mini Countryman hasn’t reached our shores yet, but it’s already making waves in the motorsport world. One place you wouldn’t expect to usually see a Mini is in the hardcore Dakar Rally Series where vehicles are put through a rugged endurance test over the harshest terrains.

Not just any Mini Countryman would be up to the task, so the X-Raid Racing Team got busy turning a stock model into the sand-eating beast you see above. What was created was the Mini All4 Racing, which is part of the X-raid’s seven-car Dakar team. It took just 90 days to complete the racing model with the Mini Design team and Magna Steyr partnering with X-raid on the project.

This newest Dakar racer is powered by the same twin-turbo diesel engine as in the 2011-specification BMW X3 CC. It’s a powerful unit that pumps out 232 kW, but more importantly 710 Nm of torque. Within the team’s ranks the MINI All4 will replace an outgoing 2010 BMW X3CC.

Switching to the Countryman has a number of benefits, including better handling from the vehicle’s lower center of gravity and shorter wheelbase. But going the distance will be the ultimate test for the iconic machine.

The car will be driven by the French rally team of Guerlain Chicherit and co-driver Michel Perin.

The new four-door Mini Countryman hasn’t reached our shores yet, but it’s already making waves in the motorsport world. One place you wouldn’t expect to usually see a Mini is in the hardcore Dakar Rally Series where vehicles are put through a rugged endurance test over the harshest terrains.

Not just any Mini Countryman would be up to the task, so the X-Raid Racing Team got busy turning a stock model into the sand-eating beast you see above. What was created was the Mini All4 Racing, which is part of the X-raid’s seven-car Dakar team. It took just 90 days to complete the racing model with the Mini Design team and Magna Steyr partnering with X-raid on the project.

This newest Dakar racer is powered by the same twin-turbo diesel engine as in the 2011-specification BMW X3 CC. It’s a powerful unit that pumps out 232 kW, but more importantly 710 Nm of torque. Within the team’s ranks the MINI All4 will replace an outgoing 2010 BMW X3CC.

Switching to the Countryman has a number of benefits, including better handling from the vehicle’s lower center of gravity and shorter wheelbase. But going the distance will be the ultimate test for the iconic machine.

The car will be driven by the French rally team of Guerlain Chicherit and co-driver Michel Perin.

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