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Mini reveal John Cooper Works Rally & Buggy with X-raid Team : 2018 Dakar Rally

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Mini reveal with X-raid Team a 2018 Dakar contender, improve John Cooper Works Rally that came in sixth overall at the 2017 edition & first time rear wheel drive John Cooper Works Buggy head into 40th Edition of the world’s most demanding long-distance rally begins on 6 January 2018 in Lima/Peru.

X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt said “This has been the biggest project in our company’s history so far and we have worked extremely hard at it”

Mini John Cooper Works Rally & Buggy powered by the 3 litre in-line six cylinder diesel engine generating 340 hp power & 800Nm big torque. There is engine’s turbocharging technology which is based on the BMW TwinPower Turbo that optimize the power.

Dakar Rally is most extreme rally & security is must needed for driver, so company specially designed tubular steel frame give maximum protection & body packed with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) and Kevlar fabric use upper side of frame.

Mini improved the aerodynamic also & company say Buggy has already undergone an intensive test programme over the past months which took it over different types of rally terrain for example in Hungary and Morocco.

Mini & X-raid enter in Dakar Rally 2018 with seven cars and an experienced team of drivers and co-pilots. Both has new chassis, greater suspension travel & weight reduction system.

“With these two cars we have the most powerful MINI family that ever raced at the Dakar Rally”, said Sebastian Mackensen, Senior Vice President of MINI, at the presentation in Paris.


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