Prodrive MINI Countryman WRC continues its testing phase this time in the beautiful Spain. Just recently, the new MINI Countryman World Rally Car has successfully completed its shakedown phase at Prodrive’s private proving ground in Warwickshire, and has already moved onto the next testing phase.

MINI Countryman WRC, which is being developed in cooperation with Prodrive is based off the Countryman production model. The powerful heart of the racing car is a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder Di turbo-charged engine from BMW Motorsport. The power transmission takes place via an Xtrac 6-speed, sequential gearbox.

For its outings on the rally stages, the MINI Countryman chassis has been fitted with a roll cage developed by Prodrive, which exceeds the strict safety.

mini countryman wrc1 655x435The car complies with the new Super2000 regulations put in place by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), which stipulate the use of turbo engines with 1,600 cc displacement and four-wheel drive combined with an increased emphasis on road relevant technologies. The result is a significant 25 per cent reduction in overall costs.

At the Paris Motor Show, it was also confirmed that reigning IRC champion Kris Meeke, 31, would be behind the wheel in its debut season.