For quite some time, Mini is participating in Dakar rally and has won various titles and quite a number of races in the last few years. For the 2017 season, the British maker chose to redesign its vehicle that will be utilized by the team in the next Dakar. The Mini Countryman is the base car that is being used as the rally car, that hides completely different setup under the body shell.
The Mini countryman has been heavily modified, both in terms of interior and exterior. The body shell of the Countryman has gone through wind-tunnel testing that will help reducing drag and will improve the top speed additionally up to 185 kmph. The low bonnet of the rally spec'd car helps in terms of better view outside . The bodyshell is made up of Kevlar and carbon fibre material and its fitted on modern tubular space frame chassis that helps to keep the weight of the car as low as possible.
The underbelly of the Countryman holds three spare wheels alongside two hydraulic jacks that can be operated from the cabin. The subframe has been built from tubular steel, that meets aerospace standard to meet the specific demands of cross country racing. In terms of suspension the car heavily modified with suspensions from Reiger Racing Suspension.
Under the hood of the car, there lies a straight-six 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine from the larger BMW 530d. The engine can churn out 340 bhp of maximum power at 3,250 rpm and a massive 800 Nm of peak torque at 1,850rpm. The engine is further connected to a brilliant six-speed Sadev gearbox. Additionally it is equipped with high performance AP racing clutch, front and rear diff-locks and a specially made exhaust from Akrapovic.