Dakar Rally 2018: X-raid Team to competition MINI John Cooper Works Rally and MINI John Cooper Works Buggy.

Posted on 22. Nov, 2017 by in BMW Canada

Two opposite expostulate concepts will be used for a initial time:
all-wheel expostulate on a MINI John Cooper Works Rally and rear-wheel
expostulate on a MINI John Cooper Works Buggy. Edition 40 of a world’s
many perfectionist long-distance convene starts on 6 Jan 2018 in Lima/Peru.

Munich. The British automobile manufacturer MINI and the
German X-raid Team have launched into a final credentials proviso for
a Dakar Rally 2018 with a display of their stream racing
cars. For a initial time MINI and X-raid will face a hurdles of
a many perfectionist long-distance convene in a universe regulating two
opposite forms of drive. In serve to a serve modernized version
of a all-wheel expostulate MINI John Cooper Works Rally, which, during its
entrance appearance, came in sixth altogether during a 2017 Dakar Rally, the
rear-wheel expostulate MINI John Cooper Works Buggy will conduct into the
opener theatre on 6 Jan 2018 in a Peruvian collateral of Lima.

More dynamic than ever before, MINI and X-raid are aiming to
continue their corner success story that brought them 4 consecutive
altogether victories from 2012 to 2015. “With these dual cars we have the
many absolute MINI family that ever raced during a Dakar Rally”, said
Sebastian Mackensen, Senior Vice President of MINI, during the
display in Paris.

The reason because a second automobile judgment was grown lies in
a specifics of a Dakar Rally rules, which, in their stream form,
give two-wheel driven cars certain advantages. X-raid Team Manager
Sven Quandt gave a go-ahead for building a MINI John Cooper Works
Buggy in Feb 2017. “This has been a biggest plan in our
company’s story so distant and we have worked intensely tough during it”, he
pronounced during a automobile presentation.

The MINI John Cooper Works Buggy is powered by a 3.0 litre
inline 6-cylinder diesel engine generating and outlay of 250 kW/340 hp
and a limit torque of 800 Nm. The delivery and drivetrain as
good as a engine’s turbocharging technology, that is formed on the
BMW TwinPower Turbo, have been totally newly conceived. The MINI
John Cooper Works Rally uses a same engine. The privately designed
tubular steel support provides limit insurance for motorist and
newcomer in impassioned situations. A privately designed physique done of
CO twine reinforced cosmetic (CFRP) and Kevlar is stretched over
a frame. The authentic buggy-look extraneous has been designed in
tighten team-work with MINI Design and aerodynamically optimised.

The new MINI John Cooper Works Buggy has already undergone an
complete exam programme over a past months that took it over
opposite forms of convene turf for instance in Hungary and Morocco.
“During this time a cart never had to stop once due to a technical
problem, that is unequivocally utterly remarkable”, reported Team Manager Sven
Quandt. “Despite all a euphoria, we contingency really not forget the
MINI John Cooper Works Rally”, Quandt added. “There are marks and
forms of turf where an all-wheel expostulate has advantages. What is
more, a automobile is intensely reliable.” The targeted advancements for
a MINI John Cooper Works Rally, that Argentinian Orlando Terranove
raced to sixth place in a altogether rankings of a 2017 Dakar Rally,
includes a new framework construction featuring larger suspension
transport and weight reductions among other things.
 
The MINI
and X-raid operation for a Dakar Rally 2018 will contain 7 cars and
an gifted group of drivers and co-pilots. The three
MINI John Cooper Works Buggies will be piloted by Mikko Hirvonen
(FIN), Bryce Menzies (USA) and Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA). The motorist seats
in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally will be assigned by Orlando
Terranova (ARG), Jakub Przygonski (POL), Joan “Nani” Roma (ESP) and
Boris Garafulic (CHI).

With this motorist choice and a organisation of gifted organisers
and technical and medical specialists, a X-raid Team will be
ideally versed for a continuation distress available male and machine
during a 40th book of a Dakar Rally. The anniversary book of the
long-distance rally, that is holding place in South America for the
tenth time, will take a convene participants from Peru to Argentina
around Bolivia. The 2018 Dakar Rally incorporates extended dried stages
as good as stone and stone fields and pavement marks that take the
cars adult to an altitude of 4000 meters in a Andes. The final stage
will be finished on 20 Jan 2018 in Córdoba, Argentina.

In box of queries greatfully contact:

Matthias Schepke, MINI Motorsport
Communications
Tel:+49-89-382-78416
Fax:
+49-89-382-23927
Email:matthias.schepke@bmwgroup.com


Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI
Tel:
+49-89-382-23662
Fax: +49-89-382-28567
E-Mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com
 

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