A Mini adventure in the Dubai desert

The Mini ALL4 Racing may look a lot like the Countryman model you can buy from your dealer, but as a drive in the desert demonstrated, it's different, writes Shane O'Donoghue.

20th April, 2014
It's easy to imagine, when looking at the action pictures of the Mini high in the air, that the landings on soft sand are comfortable and soaked up by the suspension. That's not always the case.

A windscreen, the front and rear lights and the door handles. That's all the car you see pictured here (officially called the ALL4 Racing) has in common with the Mini Countryman you can go out and buy right now. And yet the racer, designed to international Cross Country rallying specification, captures and extends the fun side of the Mini brand like never before.

Saying that, the very car we travelled to Dubai to drive is...

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