MUNICH // The German carmaker BMW has announced that Minis will return to the World Rally Championship. BMW, which pulled out of Formula One last year, said today that Minis will compete in "selected rounds" of the 2011 championship before contesting the entire 2012 season. British company Prodrive will help to develop the Mini Countryman WRC, having overseen Subaru's WRC program between 1989 and 2008.
The Prodrive chairman David Richards says that Minis "captured the imagination of the world" at the Monte Carlo Rally during the 1960s. Richards says "the tiny car took on the might of V8 powered Fords and won what was then one of the toughest motorsport events." * AP