Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby Sabre » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:27 pm

It looks even better IRL!!!
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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby complacent » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:41 am

my god that is perfect. i would drive it around town, as-is.

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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby Cereb Daithi » Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:54 pm

I find it very interesting the way they used the membrane buttons for most everything. I'm not sure I agree with that. Wearing nomex gloves bouncing down the road, it might be tough to hit a barely raised surface exactly where you want.

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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby PGT » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:07 pm

not the WRC car, but the backseat of the production model. thought it was interesting.

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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby PGT » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:09 pm

and, news from the launch event by MINI USA.....well optioned Countryman S with AWD will be under $30K. So, 1.6L direct injected turbo AWD and not as expensive as once thought. That said, its a MINI and if you're not judicious in holding off on options, it could easily hit $40k.
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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby complacent » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:19 am

PGT wrote:and, news from the launch event by MINI USA.....well optioned Countryman S with AWD will be under $30K. So, 1.6L direct injected turbo AWD and not as expensive as once thought. That said, its a MINI and if you're not judicious in holding off on options, it could easily hit $40k.


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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby Mr Kleen » Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:28 pm

I'll be curious to see how many $30,000 well optioned Countryman S with AWDs actually make it to a dealer's lot.

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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby PGT » Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:52 pm

Mr Kleen wrote:I'll be curious to see how many $30,000 well optioned Countryman S with AWDs actually make it to a dealer's lot.


being that MINI's business model has always been very little stock held on dealer lots and customers ordering their cars as they'd like them built, I'd say slim-to-none.

I ordered my R53 with the precise options I wanted and waited the eight weeks (did the same on the wife's R53 Cabrio...she wanted Cool Blue/Blue Top). There are something like 100,000 variables possible so this has been MINI's MO since day one.
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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby complacent » Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:45 pm

there's a new article on autoblog that has updated pics and video. :hitit:

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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby PGT » Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:57 pm

I see its using five bolt hubs, not the 4x100 that comes on all MINI's. <checks pics of production Countryman to be sure>
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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby PGT » Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:01 pm

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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby PGT » Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:02 pm

note the non-MINI motor and north-south placement in the engine bay
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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby complacent » Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:04 pm

PGT wrote:note the non-MINI motor and north-south placement in the engine bay


whoa. they really raided the beemer parts bins, didn't they?
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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby Mr Kleen » Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:55 pm

don't the Dakar racers usually share about as much with their road-going counterparts as the average NASCAR entry does?

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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby Sabre » Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:53 pm

Might not be much Mini... but it looks like a TON of fun!
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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby PGT » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:26 pm

Mr Kleen wrote:don't the Dakar racers usually share about as much with their road-going counterparts as the average NASCAR entry does?


yep. this one is MINI in name and body panel only. tube frame + BMW longitudinal four and there isn't much MINI but the badging
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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby scheherazade » Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:42 pm

What top end race cars DO share much with their road-going counterparts?

GT1 vette resembles a z06 to me. But I'm sure every detail is different.

But yeah, nascar, v8, GT1, supergt ... more changed than stayed the same.

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Re: Mini to Compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship

Postby Sabre » Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:20 pm

Which is honestly a shame... If they spent as much time making the cars we drive every day stronger/lighter/etc we would be drving very different cars. Saftey you ask? Have them put in roll cages just like all of us do.
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