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MINI Wins Its Second Dakar Rally 21
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Dakar rally, Kurt, MINI, News on 01 21st, 2013
Peterhansel's MINI, in on-road trim - image: BMW
Peterhansel's MINI, in on-road trim - image: BMW

Peterhansel’s MINI, in on-road trim – image: BMW

In 2012, Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret took an unproven Monster Energy X-Raid Team MINI to victory in the Dakar Rally. As if that feat weren’t impressive enough, the second place car, driven by Nani Roma and Michel Perin, was also a Monster Energy X-Raid Team MINI. Proving the MINI’s dominance, the third place car, a Toyota finished over an hour behind the second MINI.

In the 2013 running of the Dakar Rally, Peterhansel and Cottret again took first place honors, finishing 42 minutes ahead of the second-place Toyota. Two more Monster Energy X-Raid Team MINIs finished in third and fourth, with the final two MINI entries crossing the line in 12th and 48th place.

Of the win, MINI’s senior vice president of brand management, Dr. Kay Segler, said, “This is a magnificent triumph and I would like to offer our congratulations on behalf of MINI not only to Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret, but also to Sven Quandt’s entire X-raid Team. The victory of the MINI ALL4 Racing last year was without doubt a surprise for many people. But now it is clear to everyone that this was no fluke. Anyone who comes home first after 8,600 kilometres (approx. 5,300 miles) in the world’s toughest rally has achieved something amazing.”

Just as in 2012, the MINI team dominated the rally almost from the start. Peterhansel and Cottret took the overall lead after only two stages, then spent the rest of the event defending their position. Last year’s second-place duo of Roma and Perin were ultimately relegated to a fourth-place finish, after being passed by teammates Leonid Novitskiy and Konstantin Zhiltsov, who finished third.

MINI to be Part of 2011 Dakar Rally 9
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, BMW, Dakar rally, Event Coverage, MINI, MINI All4 Racing, MINI Countryman, Upcoming Events, X-Raid on 12 9th, 2010

The 2011 Dakar rally is likely to have a Mini participating. The MINI All4 Racing has been developed by the X-raid Team for the Dakar rally season. The car is based on the MINI Countryman and was completed in ninety days in a partnership between the MINI Design team, Magna Steyr and with X-raid. The frame and chassis were designed by Heggemann Autosport GmbH.

The vehicle will be taking the place of the outgoing 2010 BMW X3CC. The same twin-turbo diesel engine as in the 2011-specification BMW X3 CC, will be powering the MINI Racing, which will give 315 PS (232 kW) and 710 Nm of torque.

Sources at X-Raid say that the MINI has better handling since the overall length is shorter and the vehicle is lower than the BMW X3CC.

Reports say the vehicle will debut on January 1, 2011 at the beginning of the Personal Dakar Argentina-Chile rally in Buenos Aires. Prior to this, the car will be subjected to a series of tests next week in France.