Company JRM, very famous in the world of endurance racing, next year may appear in the World Rally Championship Cross. JRM recently bought out the entire project of Prodrive MINI RX, including all intellectual property rights, all the machines and spare parts for them. Prodrive MINI project involved not only in the rally, but in rallycross, starting in 2013. Now they will deal with JRM.
Which Championships in rally-cross will serve MINI RX, prepared JRM, is still unknown. But, most likely, the company will put a team on the MINI in the World Rally Championship Cross. JRM promises to reveal all the details of his rally-cross plan in January.
“Until this moment MINI RX are not very many appearances in rallycross, – said the head of JRM James Ramsey. – But we believe that this is a very competitive car. The car has won in his debut performance in rallycross at X Games, and we know that he has impressive characteristics of the chassis and handling. For this we have acquired this fantastic package, and we will work hard to prepare for performances in the season 2015 “.
Pilot, who worked on the project MINI RX, was an Englishman Liam Doran. That he won at the wheel of MINI RX at the X Games in Munich in 2013. And in 2014 at the stage of Global Rallycross in Germany Doran took second place, losing only to the pilot the World Rally Championship-cross Toomas Heykkinenu.
Prodrive intended to put one car MINI RX in the World Rally Championship-cross 2014. But the plan went awry, as the company was unable to find a suitable pilot.
Work on the MINI RX should not introduce a major problem for the company JRM. A significant part of its employees used to work on the project in the Prodrive MINI World Rally Team, responsible for the creation of MINI Jhon Cooper Works WRC in 2011. So what experience they do not hold.
MINI RX will be the third major project that implements the JRM. Prior to this, in conjunction with Nissan Motorsport International (Nismo) to create a team JRM Racing, which, speaking on sportprototipov Nissan GT-R, in 2011 became the world champion in endurance racing (in the standings GT1). JRM is also an official partner of Subaru Tecnica International (STI), building various modifications Subaru WRX STI. It is expected that in 2015 released a new Subaru, which will be built on the rules of the category R4.
Season 2015 World Rally Championship-cross starts in April. Up to this point, some riders WRXC perform in rallying.