> 
 > 

2011 Mini All4 Racing


The fastest vehicles may belong to the likes of Porsche , Lamborghini , Bugatti , and so on, but that doesn’t mean that the not-so-fast vehicles out in the world can’t strap on their racing gear and hit the track. X-Raid Team has one of those less than speedy vehicles with the new MINI All4 Racing. This Countryman has its sights set on the 33rd Personal Dakar Argentina-Chile in January with the French rally crew of Guerlain Chicherit and co-driver Michel Périn at the wheel for the race. The event starts in Buenos Aires on New Year’s Day and finishes in the Argentine capital on Sunday, January 16th, 2011. X-Raid have only begun the build for the All4 Racing just last month so it will leave minimal time for the completion and testing to be completed before that time.

The new Mini All4 Racing will replace the current BMW X3 CC, but will be powered by the BMW’s variable twin-turbo diesel engine that will deliver 315 HP and 710Nm of torque.

"This is a major development in cross-country rallying and something of which we are very excited," admitted Quandt. "There has been a very short time between the decision to go ahead and the roll out for the next Dakar, but we are confident that the new Mini All4 Racing will be competitive out of the box. Compared to the BMW BMW X3CC, the MINI will be characterized by improved handling as the overall length is shorter and it is lower. We have also been able to improve on many other smaller details, such as the relocation of smaller components to lower the center of gravity."

UPDATE 12/23/10: The MINI Dakar All4 is scheduled to make its dirt-kicking debut at the Rally Dakar in Argentina on the first day of 2011 so you can expect that everybody involved in the team is working extra hard fine-tuning the rally car’s few remaining kinks in time for its debut in a couple of weeks. In this video, the MINI Dakar All4 undergoes some last-minute test runs before making its eagerly anticipated debut. From what we saw, it looks like the vehicle is just about ready to get its tires dirty in Argentina. Check it out after the jump.

Press Release

The X-raid Team unveiled an exciting new cross-country motor sport
programme to run and develop the MINI All4 Racing in international competition.

The project was first discussed in the summer of 2009 and the competitive debut of the new MINI All4 Racing will be in the hands of the French rally crew of Guerlain Chicherit and co-driver Michel Périn in January’s 33rd Personal Dakar Argentina-Chile. The event starts in Buenos Aires on New Year’s Day and finishes in the Argentine capital on Sunday, January 16th, 2011.

The new MINI All4 Racing will form part of X-raid’s seven-car Dakar team – the largest ever entered by a team in the 33-year history of the world’s most famous off-road rally – and the third of three vehicles running on the event under the Monster Energy X-raid Team banner.

X-raid team director Sven Quandt began looking at the feasibility
of the project in 2009 and held initial discussions with automotive engineering and manufacturing company Magna Steyr Magna Steyr and BMW to see whether the new model was a realistic replacement for the BMW/MINI X3 CC - which has earned the Trebur-based team three successive FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rally titles since 2008.

Quandt received the green light for the new project from BMW in
June 2010 and Magna Steyr gave their full approval on September 24th. Initial plans for the new project were discussed at length throughout October in Graz, Austria.

The MINI Design team and Magna have managed the design of the vehicle. Quandt and engineer Martin Ertl, a former X-raid staff engineer who also manages a Formula 3 racing team, have overseen the new project on behalf of X-raid. Construction of the new MINI All4 Racing cross-country rally car began in November and has continued into December. The car will be put through a first series of tests in France on December 13/14th. It will then be transported by airfreight to South America for final preparations for scrutineering in Buenos Aires at the end of the month.

The MINI will be powered by variable twin-turbo diesel engine that is fitted to the 2011-specification BMW X3 CC and built in Steyr the same place as the MINI and BMW diesel engines are made. The power unit delivers in the region of 315hp and 710Nm of torque. This is an increase compared to the output of the 2010-specification BMW X3 CCs used on the Dakar Rally to seal fourth and fifth places last January.

“This is a major development in cross-country rallying and something of which we are very excited,” admitted Quandt. “There has been a very short time between the decision to go ahead and the roll out for the next Dakar, but we are confident that the new MINI All4 Racing will be competitive out of the ‘box.



36 comments:

It’s not quite Mansory-grade tacky, but it’s scraggly nonetheless. Maybe I’m too much of a peasant to understand, but I don’t think the impact of possessing a quarter-million dollar Ferrari is enhanced by those ridiculous wheels.

So they took a BMW X1 and put a Mini body on it? The proportions with the long hood and the probably needed rear biased 4WD would support this theory.

wow what a beast of an engine, good luck to the team. seem like rallying is a natural for MINI. Would like to see more especially Monte Carlo.

From what we saw, it looks like the vehicle is just about ready to get its tires dirty in Argentina. Check it out after the jump.

The BMW X3 CC was grown over a generation of 5 years as good as all this growth has been utilized by a MINI All4 Racing.

The MINI will be powered by non-static twin-turbo diesel engine fuel engine that is prosperous to a 2011-specification BMW X3 CC as good as built in Steyr a same place as a MINI and BMW diesel engine fuel engines have been made.

The Frenchman was in flying form early in the stage and held a virtual fifth position through PCs one and two in the Monster Energy-backed Mini All4 Racing. He completed the stage in seventh overall and surged back up the leader board to 23rd position.

The car features a 3.0 liter, 315bhp engine which delivers 700Nm of torque and can run non stop for hours thanks to its 420 liter fuel tank!

The tuning firm went to work on the car by adding a matte blue wrap with black accents. This was invented in the last decades ago,based on image itself.

Hell yes, that is awesome. I want one. Hope to see more manufacturers putting an effort towards this kind of racing.

I will admit, I do like the Countryman, could be a fun rally, light trail car. Now it would be cool if they added a bit more stock off-road capabilities, like done here, to it the regular model(S preferably). A bit more power wouldn’t hurt either.

Hell yes, that is awesome. I want one. Hope to see more manufacturers putting an effort towards this kind of racing.

I will admit, I do like the Countryman, could be a fun rally, light trail car. Now it would be cool if they added a bit more stock off-road capabilities, like done here, to it the regular model(S preferably).

I will admit, I do like the Countryman, could be a fun rally, light trail car. Now it would be cool if they added a bit more stock off-road capabilities, like done here, to it the regular model(S preferably). A bit more power wouldn’t hurt either.

well i bet subaru, ford focus, swift and Evo are having a nightmare when the come across with the Mini Rally car.

well kevlar is used for protection against heat and extremely light but tough. this is a great innovation for sports car like Mini I hope this will be implemented on all cars.

The Mini All4 Racing features a carbon-Kevlar body with a one-piece hood, oversize air intakes and a roof intake for better ventilation.

I think you’ll find that the Ferris Bueller reference is not in relation Cameron taking his Dad’s Ferrari for a joy ride, but in fact, the inner-city valet car park attendant stealing it for a test drive when Cameron left it with him. A totally resonable correlating story. Aka, Theft.

wow i guess renault megane will going to have a hard time on rally.. mini will never hold its back.

such neat package . wish that a production version could also be rolled out by BMW Mini . i especially like the raised platform matched with beefier off-road tyres .

1 2 next >

*Registration is required to post in this forum

Back to top