Wednesday, 24 July 2013

NEWS - New Mini Rallycross to have more power and less weight

Prodrive has been testing its latest specification Mini RallyCross (RX) for the first time this recently. Since its first outing with Britain’s leading rallycrosser, Liam Doran, in the aborted Barcelona XGames rallycross event in May, Prodrive has significantly re-engineered the 1.6-litre engine.

They have fitted it with a new turbo and made other mechanical changes. At the same time, further weight savings have been made- by introducing more carbon-composite body panels. The Mini RX now has 50% more power and is around 10% lighter than in World Rally Car specification. On track that equates to a significant difference, and the Mini RX aims to gain a competitive edge.

The car was driven by Prodrive WRC Team principal Dave Wilcock. Wilcock said: “It is now a completely different car. The acceleration is phenomenal. Despite all this additional power, we have managed to maintain the driveability in the engine, so that it is still fully controllable on the throttle. When combined with the inherent balance of the MINI WRC chassis and its ability to be driven so precisely, it is going to give the 2.0 litre cars something to think about.”

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