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Many historic rally fans rejoiced when BMW announced the re-entry of the MINI into the World Rally Championship (WRC). The Countryman that they are planning to use isn’t exactly the same as the Cooper S that was used back in the ‘60s, but the classic red body, white roof livery will still be a pleasant sight on the rally stage.
Now CAR Magazine is reporting that the upcoming Saab models, the 9-1 and 9-2, might join the MINI in returning to rally competition. Saab’s new 9-1 and 9-2 will bring the company back to its roots of making small, fun to drive cars. Even the head of Spyker-Saab, Victor Muller, wants these new cars to look like streamlined cars of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The Swedish company also had a rich rally history and the cars returning would be a welcome sight.
In the article, CAR magazine writes that Muller went to talk with officials for the WRC, and both parties came back excited. WRC will be getting a much needed factory-backed car for the 2012 season, and Saab will have a great place to launch their new car.
The company hasn’t announced who they will partner up with to make this little car, as they are shopping around for partners, like BMW’s MINI, to help cut costs to develop the new car.