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 |  Dec 07 2010, 10:19 AM

While MINI‘s WRC aspirations have garnered a lot of attention among fans of the automaker and racing enthusiasts, the British brand’s off-road ambitions won’t be limited to just one series. The German off-road X-raid Team has just announced it will run the new MINI All4 Racing car in the annual Dakar Rally, which now runs in South America, rather than on the traditional continent of Africa, due to security concerns.

The MINI All4 Racing car is part of a seven car team by X-raid, the largest one-team effort ever put forward in the legendary race.

Driving the Countryman-styled off-roader will be French driver Guerlain Chicherit and co-driver Michel Périn.

With a body made of carbon-kevlar, power comes from a twin-turbo diesel engine that makes 315-hp and 524 ft-lbs of torque.

Purpose-built for the series, X-raid touts numerous advantages of the MINI All4 Racing car over the X3 CC the team ran last year, including a lower center of gravity and a body than than be entirely changes in 30 minutes – ideal for allowing easier access to important mechanical parts underneath.

The 33rd running of the Darak Argentina-Chile starts this January 1st.

[Source: MartahonRally.com]