The Mini John Cooper Works Rally racer has been revealed; the brand’s latest 340bhp, 590lb ft Dakar rally challenger, developed in collaboration with motorsport specialist and Mini motorsport partner, X-raid.
The Countryman-based Mini JCW Rally is powered by BMW’s turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine, and has a top speed of 114mph. It’ll rarely touch this, though, given the intensity of its intended terrains.
Underneath, the new Countryman’s styling has been placed on top of a specially-made FIA-approved tubular steel frame chassis, which has been specifically developed for competitive driving over tough terrains.
The Countryman body has been profoundly altered though; the bonnet was made lower for better visibility from the cabin, while the body has been widened, and a vent added on each side in front of the doors. The body is made of Kevlar and carbonfibre.