Mini John Cooper Works WRC

The Mini John Cooper Works WRC is a World Rally Car debuted by the Mini WRC Team during the 2011 World Rally Championship season. It is the first rally car to bear the Mini label in top-level rallying since the 1960s.[2] The car was entered in a limited campaign for 2011, with a view to a complete championship from 2012 and was run by Prodrive,[3] who previously had success with the Subaru Impreza WRC.

Mini John Cooper Works WRC
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CategoryWorld Rally Car
Technical specifications[1]
SuspensionMacPherson type
Length4,110 mm (161.8 in)
Width1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Engine1.6 L BMW Motorsport I4 turbocharged
TransmissionXtrac 6-speed sequential manual transmission Front and rear mechanical auto-locking differentials
Weight1,200 kg (2,645.5 lb)
Competition history (WRC)
Notable entrantsUnited Kingdom Mini WRC Team/Prodrive WRC Team
Brazil Brazil World Rally Team
Italy Motorsport Italia
Portugal WRC Team Mini Portugal
Poland Lotos Team WRC
Ukraine Ascania Racing
Notable driversUkraine Valeriy Gorban
Estonia Mait Maarend
Spain Dani Sordo
United Kingdom Kris Meeke
Brazil Daniel Oliveira
Portugal Armindo Araújo
Australia Chris Atkinson
Brazil Paulo Nobre
France Pierre Campana
Sweden Patrik Sandell
Finland Jarkko Nikara
Poland Michał Kościuszko
Debut2011 Rally Italia Sardegna

The WRC is based on the Mini Countryman and features a direct-injection 1.6 L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine.[4] The WRC's engine was developed by BMW Motorsport for use in a variety of motorsport series, including the FIA World Touring Car Championship.[5]





See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mini John Cooper Works WRC
  2. ^ "The Oxford-built Mini makes World Rally come back". BBC News. BBC. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Inside The Mini WRC". 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  4. ^ Auto Express September 2010
  5. ^ Mini WRC website
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Preceded by
Citroën C4 WRC
Autosport Awards
Rally Car of the Year

Succeeded by
Citroën DS3 WRC