Continuing its rallying heritage, MINI and its parent company, BMW, announced today the automaker’s entry to the 2011 World Rally Championship. In conjunction with the announcement at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the company also unveiled the new MINI WRC. Built on the newest MINI platform, the MINI Countryman, the 4-wheel drive edition is equipped with a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine, boosted by twin-turbochargers. This amounts to 184-hp with a 0-62 mph at a respectable 7.6 seconds. Managed by Prodrive Racing, the MINI WRC will begin its run at 6 of the 13 scheduled WRC rounds starting next year, with a full run of the schedule in the 2012 season.