Prodrive boss wants to nurture a new young team to help propel Mini to the top of the WRC
18 August 2010

Prodrive hopes its new Mini WRC project will help recreate the successes it once achieved in the championship with Subaru.

The Banbury-based squad helped make the Subaru Impreza an icon in the 1990s and early part of the 2000s, while also making British stars Colin McRae and Richard Burns world champions.

See the official sketch of the Mini WRC car

Prodrive will run a Mini Countryman in the WRC from next year, and chairman David Richards told Autosport he wanted to recruit a new young team of engineers, mechanics and drivers to help achieve similar success.

"The whole idea and the whole concept is to recreate what we did with young people in the Subaru days, and our job is to give them all the resources they need to do the job properly and to stand back and let them get on with it," he said.

Read more on Prodrive's desire to have a Brit in its Mini WRC car

”[With Subaru] it was about finding an enthusiastic group of people and creating a dream. We started with a car which farmers drove to market and ended with an iconic brand which is seen as a sports car."

Current IRC champion Kris Meeke has been linked with a seat at Mini and Richards said he was keen to find the next McRae or Burns and make a star of them.

"In the same vein we took on Colin McRae and Richard Burns, we want to do that again. We want to create a team that everybody feels part of and passionate about. I remember the days when we were running Colin and the following which we created.”

Read more on Mini's 2011 WRC entry

See all the latest Mini reviews, news and video

Join the debate


18 August 2010

i think once they get under-way the mini will become more acceptable to men in terms of gender association. you cant argue with motorsport...

mini have a lot to gain from this i think, even if they dont win.

18 August 2010

[quote Autocar]We started with a car which farmers drove to market and ended with an iconic brand which is seen as a sports car[/quote]

I'd like to see Subaru regain their WRC credentials! As an ex-Subaru owner I can say that after trying the new hatchback Impreza I was convinced to buy something different (Evos are too fraglie - the Misubishi salesman told me so!)

Let's not forget that Mini was a rally car in the past, a very successful one too. WRC cars are so specialised now that it will be difficult to repeat.

19 August 2010

I too want more 'Subaru glory days'. First requirement is a Subaru.

A MINI might do as a WRC car , but a jacked-up 4-door stretched MINI ? I don't think so.

19 August 2010

As long as you are sponsored by Foxtons....

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune