X-raid x Monster Energy x MINI ALL4 Racing – 2012 Dakar Rally Champions

By - January 23rd, 2012

X raid x Monster Energy x MINI ALL4 Racing   2012 Dakar Rally Champions

Often called “world’s deadliest off-road race”, the courses on Dakar Rally are equally stunning and unforgiving. But the rally also serves as a real-world test track for vehicles, especially those not known to have off-road capabilities such as the MINI. Thanks to Germany’s X-raid racing team and sponsor Monster Energy, the MINI ALL4 Racing entered this month’s 2012 Dakar Rally with high hopes. Four teams in total, including nine-time Dakar Rally winner Stéphane Peterhansel, his co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret, who has three Dakar wins of his own, and Michel Perin, another triple Dakar winner. Pairing with each team was candy-color coated MINI ALL4 Racing, a converted MINI Countryman. Predominately made of weight saving carbon fiber and powered by a twin-turbo diesel engine, the MINI ALL4 Racing is able to generate 315-horsepower with a top speed of 180km/h or 112 mph. Though not as fast as its racetrack going cousins, the MINI ALL4 Racing was made to be equally durable and speedy at the same time. While it is roughly 5% larger in volume, most of the room is taken up by full-sized spare tires, steel roll cage, and shock absorption system. A carbon fiber cockpit includes all essential data at the ready with a bare minimal design to prevent information overload. Thanks to attention to details like these, Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottre were able to edged out against the competition and took home another Dakar Rally Car Category title at this year’s race.

Engine: Twin-turbo diesel
Output: 315hp / 4000rpm
Torque: Approx. 700Nm / 1900rpm

Capacity: 2993ccm
Air Restrictor: 38mm diameter
Top Speed: Approx. 181km/h
Transmission: Six-speed sequential gearbox (Sadev)
Clutch: AP Racing clutch
Differential: Xtrac
Brakes: AP disc brakes (320 x 32mm), air-cooled at front, air/water-cooled at rear

Length: 4333mm
Width: 1998mm
Height: 1966mm
Wheel Base: 2906mm
Track: 1736mm
Kerb Weight: 1900kg

Tank Capacity: Approx. 420 litres
Chassis: Heggemann Autosport
Tyres: BF Goodrich (size: 245/80R 16)

X raid x Monster Energy x MINI ALL4 Racing   2012 Dakar Rally Champions

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