MINI John Cooper Works Rally Car Wins First International Rally

MINI John Cooper Works Rally Car Wins First International Rally
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MINI was proud to announce today that a John Cooper Works Super Production Car (SPC) captured its first FIA International event win this past weekend. Driver Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari took the checkered flag home at the Qatar International Rally, the first found in the 2012 Middle East Rally Championship (MERC). Al Kuwari had his brother, Nassar… Continue Reading...

MINI Misses Deadline for 2012 WRC Season

MINI Misses Deadline for 2012 WRC Season
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MINI‘s hopes for capturing the 2012 World Championship Rally title took a big blow before the effort even started. Mini has missed the deadline for signing up for next years championship, which expired at midnight, last night. The Mini rally car, which is based on the Countryman model is prepared by Prodrive in Banbury, U.K…. Continue Reading...

Prodrive Prepares Hot Mini Countryman

Prodrive Prepares Hot Mini Countryman
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Prodrive is synonymous with turning everyday family runabouts into championship winning rally cars. Most recently, they have competed with a Mini Countryman, which is faring quite well so far. Now Prodrive is turning its attention to making a special version of a Countryman for those who don’t have a race seat in the FIA Rally… Continue Reading...

Mini Returns To The World Rally Championship With The JCW Countryman

Mini Returns To The World Rally Championship With The JCW Countryman
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It’s been 40-some odd years, but Mini is finally returning to the world rally stage. The Mini WRC Team will be competing in the 2011 World Rally Championship with the John Cooper Works Countryman, as modified by legendary performance company Prodrive. The team was recently launched in its factory in Oxford in a nostalgia-laden gala that… Continue Reading...

Jaguar Experimenting With Hybrid XF Sedan

Jaguar Experimenting With Hybrid XF Sedan
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Jaguar debuted an XF sedan that utilizes a new type of hybrid system, one that recaptures energy through a mechanical flywheel rather than a battery system. Dubbed Flywheel Hybrid System for Premium Vehicles(FHSPV), the new technology is being developed with engineering powerhouses like Ricardo, Prodrive and Xtrac, who all have significant experience developing parts for… Continue Reading...

MINI Countryman WRC Caught Testing in Portugal [video]

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MINI Countryman WRC Caught Testing in Portugal [video]
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Last week we reported that MINI’s new Countryman WRC had completed its initial shakedown, and now we’ve got a trio of videos to prove it. The Prodrive-developed WRC car has been testing out in Portugal with Markko Märtin behind the wheel. As we mentioned before, the aerodynamics seen on the MINI Countryman WRC currently won’t… Continue Reading...

MINI Countryman WRC: A First Look at MINI’s Rally Car as Prodrive Completes Shakedown

MINI Countryman WRC: A First Look at MINI’s Rally Car as Prodrive Completes Shakedown
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MINI‘s new Countryman WRC car has just completed its initial “shakedown” by Prodrive, the incredibly successful motorsports company that is building the rally car. More importantly, however, we’ve been provided with the first glimpse at the rally version of the MINI crossover, with a massive rear spoiler, big off-road tires and a significantly lowered suspension…. Continue Reading...

MINI to Compete in 2011 WRC Series With Prodrive-Built Countryman

MINI to Compete in 2011 WRC Series With Prodrive-Built Countryman
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MINI has officially announced that it will enter the World Rally Championship (WRC) next year, teaming up with Prodrive and running a Countryman crossover. The MINI Countryman WRC is being developed by the legendary Prodrive race team (which helped Subaru win six championships) to run part of the 2011 season as it prepares for a… Continue Reading...

MINI to Announce WRC Entry This Week

MINI to Announce WRC Entry This Week
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Rumors that MINI will enter the World Rally Championship have been swirling for almost a year now, but that could all end later this week. According to the most recent reports, MINI will confirm its intentions to join the WRC series later this week with renowned British racing firm Prodrive set to take over operations… Continue Reading...

Subaru Impreza WRX and STI Getting Free Prodrive Performance Pack In the U.K.

Subaru Impreza WRX and STI Getting Free Prodrive Performance Pack In the U.K.
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Subaru’s Impreza WRX and STI models are some of the best performance cars money can buy, but customers in the United Kingdom will now have an extra incentive to buy one of Subaru’s boxer-engined hatchbacks. Prodrive, a British motorsports engineering firm long associated with Subaru, is offering a free upgrade package for the WRX and… Continue Reading...

SEMA Preview: Subaru to Show Factory SPT Tuning Package for STI, Plus VIP-Styled 2010 Legacy

SEMA Preview: Subaru to Show Factory SPT Tuning Package for STI, Plus VIP-Styled 2010 Legacy
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Subaru will showcase three vehicles at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas next week, including one vehicle that owners can replicate, thanks to the company’s Subaru Performance Tuning division. That car is a WRX STI, which has been completely outfitted with a long list of SPT parts straight out of the factory catalog. The car… Continue Reading...

Prodrive Puts Colin McRae’s ’97 Impreza WRC Car Up For Sale

Prodrive Puts Colin McRae’s ’97 Impreza WRC Car Up For Sale
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Prodrive, the company behind Subaru’s successful World Rally Car program, has just announced that it is selling off many of its decommissioned race cars, including the very first Impreza WRC car. This 1997 model Impreza WRC car made its debut at the 1997 Rally Monte Carlo and was used that year by Pierro Liatti, Kenneth… Continue Reading...

Subaru Pulls out of World Rally Championship (WRC)

Subaru Pulls out of World Rally Championship (WRC)
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Not two weeks after the final race of the 2008 season, Subaru has made the surprise move to withdraw from the 2009 World Rally Championship. The move follows a similar announcement the day before by Suzuki. For the past 20 years the Subaru WRC team, under the direction of Prodrive, has won six WRC Championship… Continue Reading...
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