MINI celebrates 2013 Dakar Rally win with special edition Countryman

Article by Christian A., 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.

Since it was launched into the global market, the MINI Countryman has become a driving force behind MINI's continuous growth. The transfer of the brand's hallmark values and qualities into a new car segment has won new target groups over to the unmistakable style of the brand.

And in Autumn 2012, the British car company will be bringing to the market its first model offering an all-wheel drive with an extensive array of modifications. These modifications to the Countryman will enhance its boundless driving fun even more.

There will be detailed refinements to the vehicle's design as well as a selection of materials that are available for its interior. These will shine the spotlight on a premium character that none of the Countryman's competitors can match. The new spacious five-door model boasts a more optimized ease of use that highlights its ultra-modern appreciation for practicality.

These modifications on the MINI Countryman are going to be rolled out starting November 2012 across all model variants. When you open one of the car's front doors, its four air vents and its newly designed rings that encircle the Centre Speedo immediately stand out. These will be presented in Carbon Black and there will also be an inner ring either in high-gloss black or in chrome, as part of the model's Chrome Line Interior option. Whether you choose the standard trim or specify certain options, the colors' and materials' fresh appeal adds further luster to the Countryman interior's high-quality character.

Moreover, newly designed door inserts help enhance the new Countryman's premium ambience, practicality, and comfort. Additionally, remodeled door armrests provide more comfortable arm support, and electric window controls are positioned in the door trim this time. Also integrated into the driver side's door armrest is a full control panel.

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