Mini Countryman for Paris-Dakar . . . or Dakar Argentina-Chile as it's now known

Mini Countryman by Germany's X-Raid
Mini will be represented in the Paris Dakar rally (or Dakar Argentina-Chile as it is now known) in January with a new Countryman bodied prototype run by the German based X-Raid team.
The new, specially built four-wheel drive, which will be crewed by the French team of Guerlain Chicherit and co-driver Michel Périn, has been developed with the blessing of Mini parent company BMW at production and component specialist Magna, the same company responsible for building production versions of the Countryman at its factory in Graz, Austria.
The design of the new desert storming Countryman has been influenced by the Mini design team, now headed by Anders Warmer following the departure of the British car maker’s former design boss, Gerd Hildebrandt, earlier this month. The basis for the new car is X-Raid's existing BMW X3 CC, in service for the past four seasons.
X-Raid's BMW X3 CC
Powering the Mini All4 Racing is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine originally developed for the X3 CC. It is claimed to deliver 315bhp and some 523lb ft (710Nm) of torque.
No longer run through Africa owing to political upheaval in many countries, the Dakar Argentina-Chile starts in Buenos Aires on New Year’s Day and is due to finish in the Argentine capital on January 16, 2011.

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