World rallying - attention turns to MINI

Binu Preeth

World rallying enters a new era in 2011 and MINI is aiming to play a major part in the revamped World Rally Championship.

Speculation mounted all year over which model the marque would enter into the WRC and official confirmation came at the Paris Motor Show when the Countryman was officially unveiled. Soon after that, MINI and rallying partner, Prodrive, confirmed Kris Meeke as the first named driver.

Autoblog takes a closer look at the new team that hopes to make waves on the WRC.