MINI celebrates 2013 Dakar Rally win with special edition Countryman

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 13, 2013

A special edition model from MINI and John Cooper Works was recently launched in celebration of the win in the Dakar Rally 2013 of French duo, Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret. Dubbed the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Dakar Winner 2013, this model is meant to commemorate the duo’s success in driving the MINI ALL4 Racing to being declared the overall winner in the toughest rally event in the world for the second straight year.

This is a limited-edition model that pays homage to its rally inspiration. Eleven samples of this model will be built, representing Peterhansel’s 11 wins at Dakar. It comes with exclusive design and equipment features. The inspiration for the special edition model is the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, the first model from the brand to merge racing powertrain and chassis technology with the all-wheel-drive system that has proven its capability in races.

ALL4 offers optimum traction and directional stability in all weather as well as under-wheel conditions. It also provides a significant increase in agility via dynamically taken corners.

It wasn’t just in the MINI ALL4 Racing that this variable distribution of power between the front and rear axle sustained an overwhelming forward-surging momentum in the Dakar Rally 2013.

Due to the ALL4, the MINI Countryman support vehicle for the successful Monster Energy X-raid Team was able to pleasantly and steadily get pass the 14 stages from the Peruvian capital Lima to Santiago de Chile.

The all-wheel-drive system distributes the power from the 160 kW/218 hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine used on the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Dakar Winner 2013 to all four wheels, as needed, in any driving situation. This matt black special edition takes inspiration from the striking exterior color of the MINI ALL4 Racing.

It gets special bright green design features for the exterior as well as its interior. It features Sport Stripes, which has the Dakar Rally winner’s logo and the signature of driver Peterhansel on the bonnet. “MINI ALL4 Racing” lettering is featured on the green stripes along the car’s flanks. Meanwhile, the driver and front passenger doors bear the car number 302 as well as the names of the duo.

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