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MINI is back out at Dakar!

Watch along as MINI tackles the deep dark Dakar. Stage 5 left MINI in quite a predicament, as you can see from the image below. Once they hit the deep sands of the Tanaca region, they seemed to be destined for misery. However, all five of the crews members were able to pull it together and complete the stage. Two of the teams had it within the top ten. Keep up on the Dakar news here.


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Cool! So obviously that isn't a stock Mini, but is there actually any Mini there other than body and stickers?

I get that you aren't doing anything successfully in this race without something purpose built, so no judgement here, I'm just curious if they were insane enough to actually use a lot of Mini parts for this. The engine would be interesting in terms of power and durability versus weight, like maybe fitted to a sand rail. But beyond that, I'm not thinking of much that would be much good.
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There is definitely MINI in it still! It uses a turbo diesel 3.0 I6 BMW motor, which i'm pretty sure is the N57 motor!
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The Dakar 2018 has concluded!











This is how MINI finished off the 2018 Dakar Rally:

5th Place: Orlen X-raid Team
Drivers: Jakub Przygonski/Tom Colsoul
Car: MINI John Cooper Works Rally # 312
Time: +02:45:24

13th Place: X-Raid Team
Drivers:Boris Garafulic/Filipe Palmeiro
Car: MINI John Cooper Works Rally # 317
Time: +12:49:42


19th Place: X-Raid Team
Drivers:Mikko Hirvonen/Andreas Schulz
Car: MINI John Cooper Works Buggy # 305
Time: +16:20:28


20th Place: X-Raid Team
Drivers:Orlando Terranova/Bernardo Graue
Car: MINI John Cooper Works Rally # 307
Time: +18:54:01

Did Not Finish:
#310 John Cooper Works Buggy
#302 John Cooper Works Rally
#314 John Cooper Works Buggy
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