Rally driver Carlos Sainz and his co-driver Lucas Cruz (ESP) have won the Rally Dakar for the third time, having previously triumphed in 2010 and 2018.
In doing so, they presented MINI with its fifth overall victory at the iconic endurance rally.
For MINI and MINI Motorsport partner X-raid, this was the first success since their winning run together, which lasted from 2012 to 2015.
The Spanish pair, in the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy, finished 6:21 minutes ahead of last year’s winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) after roughly 7,500 kilometres through Saudi Arabia, which was hosting the Dakar for the first time.
Dakar record winner Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) and his co-driver
Paulo Fiuza (POR) finished third, 9:58 minutes behind Sainz and Cruz, to round
off an impressive performance from the two MINI JCW Buggies.
two MINI JCW Buggy crews each won four stages, while MINI vehicles went fastest
on a total of nine of the twelve days. Vaidotas Zala (LTU) / Saulius Jurgelenas
(LTU), in a MINI JCW Rally, won the very first Dakar stage on Arabian soil on
the opening day.
Seven of the nine MINI crews that started the rally reached the
finish in Al-Quiddia (KSA), four of them in the top ten. Orlando Terranova
(ARG) and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) finished in the top three on three days
on their way to sixth place overall in the four-wheel drive MINI JCW Rally.
favourite Yasir Seaidan (KSA) and his co-driver Alexey Kuzmich (RUS) were ninth
and finished an excellent second on the closing stage. Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski
(POL) and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (GER) had their hopes of a top result
dashed on the opening day when a technical issue resulted in them losing six
hours. They eventually finished in 19th place, 8:35.18 seconds off the lead.
MINI vehicles topped the overall standings after every one of
the twelve legs at the 40th staging of the Dakar Rally. Zala and Jurgelenas got
the ball rolling with victory on the opening stage, after which Terranova and
Graue took the overall lead on day two.
and Cruz claimed their first stage win on the third leg. That victory took them
to the top of the overall standings – a position they held right through to the
MINI Malaysia has taken the wraps off the new
Clubman, featuring a new exterior, interior, as well as many new features.
Priced at RM298,888 on the road without insurance, the new MINI Clubman, which arrives in the Cooper S variant, comes with a fresh new exterior with key features like a domed bonnet, circular LED headlamps outlined in Piano Black, a new front grille which extends across the bumper, as well as the “Union Jack” LED taillights.
Those who opt for the MINI Yours offering will
get 18-inch light alloy wheels in the MINI Yours British Spoke Two-tone design.
Powering the new Cooper S Clubman is MINI’s
2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo engine that is paired to a new 7-Speed Dual Clutch
Sports Automatic gearbox, producing 192 hp and 280Nm of torque, enabling a century
sprint in just 7.2 seconds.
Thanks to the powertrain package, the new Clubman
can reach a top speed of 228km/h while consuming 6.2 litres of fuel per 100 km
of travel and outputting 141 g/km of CO2.
Inside, the new
MINI Clubman gets a Walknappa Leather steering wheel, Walknappa
Leather Lounge Carbon Black seat upholstery, seats with Union Jack motif on the
headrests, MINI Yours Interior Styles illuminated in Frozen Blue, MINI Yours
floor mats featuring black piping and aluminium-coloured seam patterns, as well
as a 12-Speaker Harman Kardon Sound System.
Also new is the high resolution 6.5-inch MINI
Navigation System with a touch screen display, which is complemented with the
MINI Connected system with built-in 4G SIM technology.
The current update of the MINI Connected app furnishes
owners of the New MINI Clubman with an exceptionally wide range of digital
services such as Concierge Service, Apple Carplay and MINI Online that allow
mobility planning to be integrated seamlessly in day-to-day digital routines.
The app also enables sending navigational
information from smartphone to vehicle and receiving departure information as
well as the MINI Remote Services – which displays vehicle location, fuel level
and other vehicle status details on their mobile devices. The function also
allows quick activation of the headlight flash, horn, ventilation and door
Exterior colour offerings of the New MINI Clubman
include the Indian Summer Red, New British Racing Green, Pepper White, Thunder
Grey, Melting Silver and Starlight Blue.
The New MINI Clubman is covered by MINI
Malaysia’s 5 Years Roadside Assistance programme, available for all new MINI
vehicles with a comprehensive list of services that include a 24-Hour,
365-days-a-year Accident and Help on the Phone and On the Spot Hotline, Free
Towing Services and when needed (over 200KM from residential home), Replacement
Vehicle, Seamless Mobility, Accommodation, Mobility Services Solutions as well
as Repatriation services.
With the Balloon Financing from BMW Group
Financial Services Malaysia, ownership of the New MINI Clubman starts from RM 3,418.00
per month (based on estimates of 80% loan on a five-year tenure).
The New Clubman is also covered by a 4-years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service.