Here is one rumour that AUSmotive fully supports! MINI to join the World Rally Championship in 2011 with a Countryman. With all-wheel drive running gear and the 154kW 1.6 litre turbo four cylinder from the JCW model, the Countryman will tick all the right boxes for future WRC entry. Surely the might of MINI’s marketing machine would be a great boost for the WRC.
Speaking to Autocar, Mini rallying legend Paddy Hopkirk said, “People love the Mini and actually love the new MINI as well. It would be terrific to see MINI in the WRC. I’ve got the highest respect for the company and it would be magnificent for the glory days of rallying to return and for MINI to be a part of that.”
The speculation does get debunked by a MINI official later in the Autocar article, but, c’mon, you know it makes sense!