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.