MINI WRC Hits Up Rallye Monte Carlo Alongside Classic Mini Rally Car

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Monte Carlo is one of the classic homes of rally racing, and the original Mini was no stranger to its wiles. The new MINI WRC isn't, either, now that the two have shown off at the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.

Posed beside its forerunner, the new MINI WRC looks gargantuan, despite being based on the still relatively compact Countryman. The new MINI rally car, as we've detailed, will compete in a handful of World Rally Championship events this year before running for the title in 2012.

There are also rumors a production version of the MINI WRC could be launched, inspired in part by homologation requirements of the FIA. Whether that pans out or not, the MINI WRC is an impressive vehicle in its own right--but so is its truly mini ancestor, as the gallery below shows.

Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo will pilot the MINI WRC this year, hitting an as-yet undisclosed handful of events to get the car in prime tune for 2012's assault.

Hit page two for BMW's lengthy writeup on the Rally Monte Carlo Historique.

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