It was announced today that Prodrive is working on a hot version of the MINI Countryman. This engineering company, which is based in Banbury, operates Mini’s works World Rally Championship outfit and team principal. In a previous interview with Autocar, Prodrive boss Dave Richards said that Prodrive-tuned Mini road cars were possible.
He said that Mini, which has the Cooper and John Cooper Works brands, will seek to find ways to make use of the campaign.
The heavily tweaked all-wheel-drive Countryman Cooper S has a muscular body kit that has a large fixed carbonfibre wing as well as custom unbranded alloy wheels.
Upgrading its performance meant giving it a Prodrive-branded Milltek exhaust as well as a Superchips-tuned version of the Cooper S’s turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine. Insiders say that the car produces 230bhp on the dyno; however, Superchips hopes to generate added power.
A larger turbo was being considered too. Mini hasn’t officially unveiled the top-of-the-line Countryman JCW performance model yet. [source: Autocar]