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MINI confirms WRC comeback

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conebasher    20

I saw this on Autosport today and am thrilled. First off I love MINI and secondly I'm thrilled to see someone other than Ford and Citreon racing in the WRC.

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jody-z    10

I certainly agree that the sport needs more variety and with the rules set in place for 2011 and beyond, I expect we'll see announcements from other manufacturers in the near future as well. In the meantime, here is another interesting read on the MINI announcement:Three year title plan for MINIhttp://www.crash.net/world+rally/news/161975/1/richards_three_year_title_plan_for_mini.html

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Jordan_Veale    10

I could be wrong, but I believe they intend to compete at the top with the new S2000 rules, so they'd be going head to head with Ford and Citroen. I'm excited to read that Prodrive is putting the car together for them. Nice to see Prodrive back in WRC.

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unit13    10

Maybe then Mini will put out some "real" power mods for the engine because they will have to get more out of that 1.6 turbo to spin a AWD to victory. I've got a GT28RS turbo kit I could sell them. :)

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Corey    73

Cool, I'm interested in seeing some more diversity. But the Clubman model? Why?

Maybe then Mini will put out some "real" power mods for the engine because they will have to get more out of that 1.6 turbo to spin a AWD to victory. I've got a GT28RS turbo kit I could sell them. :)

It didn't work that way with Ford and the Focus. ;) Besides, motorsport engines generally have so little to do with the production engines that nothing will transfer over.

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jody-z    10

Actually, the new rules for 2011 and beyond stipulate that all WRC cars must have a 1.6L turbocharged powerplant. The original S2000 (non-turbo) specification was intended to be the mandate, but many drivers/teams/etc complained, and as a result, the FIA decided to go the 1.6L turbo route. In return, we now have MINI back in the fray! :) In-depth details are available at:World Rally Cars - the next generationhttp://www.wrc.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=201&featureid=1758&desc=World Rally Cars - the next generationFord accelerates Fiesta World Rally Car projecthttp://www.wrc.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=101&id=7244&desc=Ford accelerates Fiesta World Rally Car projectManufacturers plan for four cars in 2011http://www.wrc.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=101&id=8090&desc=Manufacturers plan for four cars in 2011Malcolm Wilson encouraged by Fiesta WRC progresshttp://www.wrc.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=101&id=8184&desc=Malcolm Wilson encouraged by Fiesta WRC progress

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jody-z    10

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Corey    73

Ahh, the Countryman. I misread the early link. Why on earth would someone choose a Cute-Ute as a starting platform for a WRC car? I'd think the Cooper model would be a much better choice given it's smaller size. Oh yeah, marketing...

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