Prodrive has run its first time specification for MINI RX, significantly re-engineered the 1.6 litre engine with a new turbo and mechanical changes. At the same time, further weight savings have been made with the introduction of more carbon composite body panels. The MINI RX now has 50% more power and is around 10% lighter than in World Rally Car specification.
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.”
Liam Doran will drive the revised car for the first time shortly before competing in the X Games in Munich on June 30. The car will then travel to the USA for the Los Angeles X Games and two Global Rallycross events.