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Mini Ends WRC Program So They Can Focus On Building Bloated Crap

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Hey, remember when we were all excited that Mini was going back to WRC and how it was going be like Paddy Hopkirk in the swinging '60s? Yeah, dreams sometimes die. Mini is pulling support for its one factory team.

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Fortunately for everyone else, the WRC supported Team Portugal long enough and through every event so that it would be homologated and thus allow non-factory teams to campaign the cars as they see fit. Good on Mini.

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But bad on Mini for abandoning it so soon. When we said the JCW Countryman was a sign that the brand had lost its way, a big defense was that they still have the rally program and this car is directly related.

Well, so much for that. Maybe they can send one to Global RallyCross?

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I don't understand what all the hate is about.

Rallying probably wasn't making them any money. I don't care what you say, a car company is a business first. If something isn't making them money then they are going to cut it.

Second off Mini is making all these different cars so that they have a wider audience. I think that it's great that they make the countryman, it's a fun small SUV that gets good gas milage and is available in a manual.

I honestly don't know why all of you are bitiching and complaining. I could understand if they decided to just switch over to making SUVs but they haven't! They haven't canceled any of the cars! Another thing is that you're complaining about them making everything heavy, they are going to be releasing the John Cooper Works GP soon which is going to be much lighter than the standard cooper!

From what I gather, you are complaining about having diversity in a product line up.