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Prodrive to help development of the engine used in the MINI John Cooper Works WRC

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November 02, 2012 1:05 PM

It is good to see that these two are starting to work together rather than fall out completely, this will be a simular relationship to that between Ford and M-Sport, A Private Team using a car with technical cooperation from the manufacturer, but no finacial support

I suppose there will be a little battle of its own between Prodrive and M-Sport if the new engine transforms the Minis Performance enough for them to fight for victories, oh and of course providing that Mini are able to sign Two decent drivers to peddle the car too

sodesu - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 2:13 PM

Full of odd quotes, this. They have known for a while that there is room for more power from the engine, but for some undisclosed reason they have chosen not to try and exploit this until now? They know this engine has the potential to be the most powerful in the WRC, but they have made no effort to try and realise that potential? Dafuq?

ricn - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 3:51 PM

It is very disappointing that a company with the reputation and resources of BMW do not fund the maximum development of the Mini for the WRC as it obviously has the capability to be a winner. They would then get the full commercial advantage from this rether than allow it to be a part funded "lame duck" project that only brings bad publicity to them.

Yawn - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 7:15 PM

Heard this so many times... The engine is the problem, once we fix it we will be World champions!

I don't believe a word of it. Standard prodrive rubbish, blame the engine when the car/driver/both are not good enough.


Kiko - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 10:43 PM

"BMW is embarrassed to own Mini and that is why they are actively disassociating themselves from the marque."

Haha, piss take or what!

The Classic Mini fans are embarrassed about BMW owning Mini.

BMW keep releasing the ugliest things possible under the MINI brand and then idiotic people go and buy them because the car is a fashion accessory. BMW are quids in with the MINI name.

One Christmas present from FIA, WRC cars should be 150K so we can get the young guns in. To never have the chance to go against loeb would be heartache for the fans and up and coming drivers, the sport is too bloody expensive and if cheaper we would buy one, just running a R2 is bad enough then the step to R3 isn't too bad but from there forget it.
I'm pleased that Ford and BMW are pulling out the big cash as things should get cheaper and small budgets welcomed by the likes of Mr Wilson rather than feeling like your second class even though stumped up for the academy.

WRC needs to be on it's **** to really progress and thank god for red bull media and let's have a historic WRC championship

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