JCW Rally Or DIY MINI Off-Roader: You Pick

MINI Off-Roader Comparison

If you follow MINI Motorsports, you might be familiar with the new MINI John Cooper Works Rally. The beast of an All4, the JCW Rally has been custom designed to take on the most challenging terrain. Untold hours of development, and engineering spent to create a competitive MINI off-roader.


DIY MINI Off-Roader

What if the team at BMW/MINI got it wrong? What if a Countryman was the wrong platform for their push for continued success at the Dakar Rally? Could a two-door hardtop be better?

One adventurous MINI owner dared to find out, and now that Chili Red “Cooper S” could be yours. Available on Craigslist; the daring combination of a MINI body added to a Suzuki Sidekick frame and drivetrain. Built in California, it’s tough to say exactly how well this Frankenstein hatch tears through the dirt. More concerning is just how long it’ll stay roadworthy. But it’s fun, right?

Who wouldn’t want to see these two paired up side by side? Which would you prefer to drive?

Check out galleries of both versions on the next page!


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Mike Bober has been involved in many aspects of the MINI Community, including working with multiple national series racing teams. He currently owns his first MINI, an R53 "Ramsey", a R60 Countryman "Lauda", and a F56 "Stanton". Previously owned was an R59 Roadster "Winnie". -- Along with many other major MINI events, Mike recently completed his second coast-to-coast MINI Takes The States event.

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