Mini has released the first official picture of its Prodrive-developed Countryman WRC car in action.

The picture was taken during the Mini Countryman WRC’s successful shakedown test at Prodrive’s private proving ground near its Banbury headquarters.

See the official pic of the Mini Countryman WRC in testing, plus an official sketch of the car's likely design

The shakedown test carried out by Prodrive’s engineering team took place over four days mainly on asphalt, although there was some loose surface running, too. It ran using an interim aerodynamics package, as design work of the final car is still ongoing.

The car’s next step will be to begin a week’s gravel testing in Portugal.

David Lapworth, Prodrive technical director, said: “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."

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