Originally Posted by RedRocket
The MINI is actually a rebodied BMW X6 turbo diesel.
...and Mini is a marque that actually EXISTS, so I don't see the point really.
I realize some of the pragmatic aspects of this outwardly puzzling choice, but TO ME, said choice reinforces somewhat the "out-of-touch-redneck" impression European motor sports teams have historically tended to have about our own (re: Enzo & Henry). This seemed reinforced at Dakar 2012 by what I saw as an attitude of condescension & ridicule toward RG by Stephane Peterhansel, among others.
Unavoidable given the sponsorship situation perhaps, but that's how it sits with me.
'7? Benelli 650S, '80 BMW R100 RS, '93 Ducati 900 SS, '07 KTM 990 Adventure