2017 MINI John Cooper Works Rally: A Mini SUV Anyone Can Rally With

Nov 21, 2016 05:54 AM EST | Rachelle Balanay

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The MINI Countryman, which was developed by Magna in Austria, has been a contending car series for years in many motorsport events which include the rally-raid in the FIA Word Cup, the Dakar Rally and the long-distance endurance challenge produced by the Silk Way Rally. The Dakar version of the MINI Countryman, made by Germany, was made by X-raid equipped to be an off-roader with multiple upgrades that sets it apart from the previous model.

A better version of the MINI Countryman was concocted by MINI with the collaboration of X-raid,  reported. The all-new MINI John Cooper Works Rally 2017 is developed as a cross-country rally car set to endure the long and arduous rally-raid in motorsport events. The production team proudly announced a better and improved development program that far exceeds the previous model.

With the result of extensive developmental changes wrought by years of experience in the rally racing field, MINI and X-Raid upgraded the MINI Countryman with requirements necessary for safety and current regulations which are laid out by the governing body of the motorsports, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).

Development and building process revolved around the key areas which the developers of MINI and X-raid deemed necessary in improving the over-all performance of the 2017 MINI John Cooper Works Rally. In  report, key improvements of the new model involve better aerodynamics, upgraded thermal management, improved weight distribution, lowered center of gravity, a modified chassis frame design and a new engine mapping for long-range cross-country rally racing.

The new model, 2017 MINI John Cooper Works Rally is undergoing the final testing and development and is set to grace the 2017 Dakar Rally. The extreme Dakar Rally drove the developers of this new model to embolden the 2017 MINI John Cooper Works Rally to give a higher top speed, better acceleration and improved maneuvering which allows better handling and comfort in any type of terrain suited for cross-country rallies.

The 2017 MINI John Cooper Works Rally in all its comprehensive, new, and exciting package seen in this video:

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