The new MINI Countryman WRC has completed its initial shakedown test at the Prodrive proving grounds in Warwickshire.
Running with an interim body and aero package while the team works to finalise the bodywork that will be used on the car when it debuts in the WRC next season, the initial part of the test and development programme saw the car complete four days of running.
That running was primarily on tarmac, although the car also ran on both loose surface and on Prodrive's low grip facility.
“As with any totally new car, it is vital to take time to ensure all the systems are working as intended before embarking on a week long gravel test,” David Lapworth, Prodrive technical director said.
The MINI Countryman will now head to Portugal for that gravel testing as preparations continue for the 2011 debut.