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Stripped Out MINI Cooper SE Makes Rallying Debut In Romanian Hillclimb Stage
The car is mostly stock, but its interior has been given the racing makeover.
We really enjoyed our time with the MINI Cooper SE which we tested both in the U.S. and Europe. It is a very feisty and enjoyable car (especially if you disable the electronic nannies and show it some turns) and it definitely retained the fun driving character that imbues all modern MINIs.
There have been a few MINI rally cars, with a history going all the way back to the 1960s. But even under BMW ownership, the brand has still produced rally cars, the latest being the 2011 John Cooper Works WRC, which was surprisingly based on the tall Countryman model, although it had many mechanical modifications to make it competitive in the World Rally Championship.
Gallery: MINI Coope SE hillclimb