This exact X-Raid Mini All4 Racing won the toughest race in the world, the Dakar Rally. It might be the most capable vehicle on the planet. And I got it stuck in the desert outside of Dubai.

BMW flew me out to Dubai to drive Nasser Al-Attiyah’s Mini recently, put me up in a nice hotel, took pictures of me, gave me the excellent b-roll footage used to make the above video, and presented me with access to their top drivers, codrivers and engineers in preparation for getting behind the wheel of this two ton machine.

Watch the video to see how I got beached and wait for a full review of the car tomorrow. This thing drives like nothing else.

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