Continuing its rallying heritage, http://miniusa.com” target=”_blank”>MINI and its parent company, http://bmwusa.com” target=”_blank”>BMW, announced today the automaker’s entry to the http://wrc.com” target=”_blank”>2011 World Rally Championship. In conjunction with the announcement at the http://mondialautomobile.com” target=”_blank”>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.