Mini and rallying go together like fish and chips, salt and pepper, Bill and Ben. The original little car not only captured the hearts of the nation but also many Rally titles. It punched well above its weight and put many much bigger names to shame, so the badge has a deep history within the sport to say the least. Mini is returning to the WRC next year with its countryman based car. We have seen sketches and renderings of it but here at the Paris motor show the finished product has been made public.
Named the Mini WRC “very creative” this 1.6 litre not so mini Mini will be contending with the big boys come next season’s opening in Sweden. Prodrive, who maintained the Subaru WRC cars, will be doing the same for this car and so the company feel confident that they have a competitive car. Naturally it has all the rally gadgets you can shake a stick at but that may be all well and good, still doesn’t make the car a looker. In truth it looks like a van.