Citing “a very difficult commercial environment,” BMW Senior Vice President MINI Business Coordination and Brand Management, Dr. Kay Segler, has announced that MINI will end its factory involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship at the end of the 2012 season. The announcement comes as no real surprise, as MINI split with WRC partner Prodrive back in February, although both BMW Motorsport and Prodrive continue to develop the MINI’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine for competition use. Prodrive and MINI’s 2012 season started on a high note, with driver Dani Sordo...
MINI And Prodrive Parting Company In WRC: Report
Sources close to BMW report that the German automaker will soon shift its MINI WRC program from Prodrive to X-Raid.Kurt Ernst
MINI Is Back For The 2012 World Rally Championship
After missing a paperwork deadline for entry into the 2012 WRC, MINI is expected to announce its return to the series later this week.Kurt Ernst
MINI WRC Team Drops Star Driver Kris Meeke: Report
Following last week’s report that MINI had missed the deadline for filing paperwork necessary to compete in the 2012 World Rally Championship, news coming out today claims the factory-backed team has dropped its star driver, Irishman Kris Meeke, due to budgetary constraints. Despite Meeke...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Did MINI Miss Its Chance To Race In The 2012 WRC Season?
MINI has missed a key deadline to file entry paperwork for the 2012 WRC season; unless the FIA grants an extension, the MINI WRC Team may sit out the next year.Kurt Ernst
MINI WRC Driver Sordo Sits Sixth After Day 1
MINI's return to the World Rally Championship is already underway this weekend in Sardinia, Italy, and so far--aside from a few hitches--it's going well. Dani Sordo and co-driver Carlos del Barrio are currently in sixth place after the first eight stages, with an eye toward a fifth place finish...Nelson Ireson
Since the first hintings of the return of the MINI name to the world stage of rallying last July, right up through to the testing stages and constant teasing, we have longed to know what form MINI’s efforts for the World Rally Championship (WRC) would take, and now we finally know. The new MINI WRC team was presented to the public over the weekend at an official launch ceremony at the brand’s vehicle plant in Oxford, UK. As previously reported, the team will only compete at six selected rounds in the 13-event 2011 FIA WRC season in order to prepare for a full push next year. The...