Daily Archives: February 22, 2011

second MINI WRC team confirmed

MINI Countryman WRC

A second customer has bought a MINI Countryman WRC from Prodrive and announced their entry into the World Rally Championship for 2011.  Motorsport Italia with Armindo Araujo will begin with an S2000-spec MINI Countryman in Rally Portugal, then move up to the MINI Countryman WRC in time for Rally Italy in late May.  From autosport.com:

“We have been talking to Armindo about a drive in the Mini for some time and it is great news that he has now confirmed his programme,” said Graham Prew, Prodrive motorsport sales manager.

“He has proved just how fast he is in the PWRC with two consecutive titles. Now in the new Mini, he will be able to pitch himself directly against the best rally drivers in the world.”

Read the article Araujo gets customer WRC Mini.

The MINI Rocketman Concept debuts

MINI Rocketman Concept (front)

MINI Rocketman Concept (rear)

The MINI Rocketman Concept will make its public debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 3rd, but MINI released information and photos today.  Slightly longer than the classic Mini at 11′ 3″, The Rocketman Concept gives MINI an entry into the expanding city car market.  Innovative features include the “carbon spaceframe”, double-hinged doors, LED headlights and projector taillights, a removable central contol unit (including navigation and music player), illuminated transparent roof, and a “3+1″ seating arrangement.  However, the 18” wheels and required wheel arches depart from the space-saving attempts, as does the boot space taken up by the “drawer”.

Read the original press release from MINI.

See more photos in bigblogg.motoring’s Flickr gallery.