During the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally raid, a prestigious off-road endurance event taking January 6-20, 2018 in Lima, Peru, BMW’s MINI brand will race its newly-unveiled John Cooper Works Buggy.

The buggy is powered by a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder diesel engine generating and output of 250 kW/340 hp and a maximum torque of 800 Nm. The transmission and drivetrain as well as the engine’s turbocharging technology, which is based on the BMW TwinPower Turbo, have been completely newly conceived. The MINI John Cooper Works Rally uses the same engine. The specially designed tubular steel frame provides maximum protection for driver and passenger in extreme situations. A specifically designed body made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) and Kevlar is stretched over the frame. The authentic buggy-look exterior has been designed in close cooperation with MINI Design and aerodynamically optimized.

The buggy has already undergone an intensive test programme over the past months which took it over different types of rally terrain for example in Hungary and Morocco. The 2018 Dakar Rally incorporates extended desert stages as well as rock and boulder fields and asphalt tracks which take the cars up to an altitude of 4000 meters in the Andes.

“During this time the buggy never had to stop once due to a technical problem, which is really quite remarkable,” says Team Manager Sven Quandt. Other technology advances of the MINI John Cooper Works Rally, which Argentinian Orlando Terranove raced to sixth place in the overall rankings of the 2017 Dakar Rally, includes a new chassis construction featuring greater suspension travel and weight reduction.