No fewer than eleven cars will represent MINI in the 2014 running of the Dakar Rally as it seeks to defend the title won in the past two seasons.

The X-Raid team will be responsible for the bumper entry of MINI ALL4 Racing machines, based on the successful John Cooper Works Countryman.

Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel again leads the MINI challenge, alongside the likes of Nani Roma, Krzysztof Holowczyc and Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Related Articles

"Motorsport is in the DNA of MINI. Since its birth in the late 1950s, the MINI brand has been intrinsically associated with motorsport," Jochen Goller, Senior Vice President MINI, said. "This is the first reason why MINI is competing in Dakar. The second reason lies in the core values of MINI: excitement and agility - which are very much part of motorsport and consistent with the image of the Dakar.

"By winning the 2012 and 2013 Rally Dakar, MINI - like in the 1960s - has been able to make possible what seemingly was impossible, small against large, David versus Goliath.

"The last reason is the Dakar itself. The rally has become a fantastic communication channel thanks to its huge media interest which generates a worldwide visibility. We want to anchor the MINI and John Cooper Works brands as well as the MINI performance DNA among the enthusiastic followers of the Dakar."