MINI Youtube channel uploads a video describing the evolution of MINI’s WRC baby – from the first design of the MINI WRC Concept Car to the signing of MINI’s contract with Prodrive to the test drives en route to MINI’s WRC kickoff.

The 2010 Paris Motor Show was the host of the world premiere of the MINI Countryman WRC. The return of the MINI to WRC was celebrated in big style by the Oxford-based company and FIA’s boss Jean Todt was also present at the official unveiling.

MINI WRC is powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder Di turbo-charged engine. 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.

The company began development of the car in 2009, and it is a joint project with Prodrive.

The 2011 World Rally Championship will see the new MINI WRC contesting in six of 13 scheduled rounds, with MINI competing in the full 2012 season. In addition, Prodrive plans to make available customer versions to independent teams for use in the championship.