On Saturday 21 April at 10:30 hrs in the Mapocho (height between the bridges Pedro de Valdivia and Concepcion), the driver Eliseo Salazar of Chile show the car that will compete between 26 and 29 April in the fifth day of the World Rally Championship (WRC) to be held in Cordoba, Argentina.
The car will lead the pilot Zero Crystal was developed in England by the Prodrive team, and is built on the platform of a standard Mini Countryman. After an intensive program of testing and thousands of miles completed, the Mini John Cooper Works WRC is prepared to face the challenges of the powers the world’s toughest nuts.
Its 1.6 liters turbo engine with direct injection is the same as the Mini Countryman fitted as standard, but with a specially developed by BMW Motorsport, allowing you to achieve an output of 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The power transmission is performed through a sequential gearbox speeds Xtrac 6 mounted on the steering column and through a double disc clutch sintered AP Racing.
The front and rear suspension is of MacPherson type and was developed in collaboration with Öhlins specialized firm. In addition, the Mini John Cooper Works WRC is equipped with three-way adjustable dampers can be adjusted depending on surfaces and the demands of each pilot.
As also happens in the standard Mini Countryman, the compulsory four-wheel drive makes all the force transmitted to the motor. AP Racing brakes which is equipped with this car, do not have ABS and configuration of land, with wheels 15 “disks are 300 mm.
The chassis of the Mini John Cooper Works WRC has a roll cage manufactured by Prodrive to exceed the strict safety requirements of the International Automobile Federation (FIA). In addition, the unique design of the integrated roll bar makes the interior of the Mini John Cooper Works WRC is one of the most spacious and safe competition, where the seats ultralight pilot and copilot have harnesses six anchors.
The instrument panel retains the characteristic design of the Mini series, but in this case is made of a lightweight composite carbon fiber. Because competition in rallies only need a screen where you see the current gear and a light to indicate the gear change when necessary, the pilot has no speedometer or tachometer. Thus, you can concentrate purely on the runway and passenger signs.
The rear wing is undoubtedly the most important aerodynamic component of the MINI John Cooper Works WRC, as it causes significant downforce at the rear of the car for greater stability at high speed.
With the support of Cristal Beer Zero and after 38 years of experience in motorsport, Eliseo Salazar will end his career in Argentina became the first Chilean driver to compete in a WRC. This allows you to commemorate as the only driver in history to have run major world powers nuts: Formula 1, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500, the Dakar Rally, and now the largest in the World Series Rally Championship in Cordoba.
Jorge Aspillaga, Crystal Brand Manager, explains that “since 1994 has supported Crystal Beer Elisha and Crystal Zero today, we could not be absent in the final stage of his remarkable career.” He also emphasized that “Elisha race in a car class with its image and take advantage of promoting responsible consumption of alcohol, in this case the only zero alcohol beer is crystal Zero,” the executive stressed.