Since its introduction to the Dakar Rally – the most grueling off-road race in the world – the MINI X-Raid has been the most dominant vehicle in the field. With veteran driver Stephane Peterhansel – aka “Mr. Dakar” – behind the wheel in 2012, the MINI won its first Dakar. Peterhansel came back in 2013 to win again in the MINI. Both years the other three MINIs of the four-car team all placed in the top ten. Built specifically for competition in the Dakar, the MINI X-Raid is all-wheel-drive and is powered by a BMW twin-turbo diesel engine. These rigs are built to withstand the conditions of racing across a multitude of surfaces at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Players won’t find much of the production Countryman here, these ALL4 racing MINIs are bespoke chassis and drive systems. What they will find is a thrilling driving experience that’s somewhere between a world-class rally car and Baja buggy.
The Mini X-Raid All4 Racing Countryman has the performance characteristics expected of a Dakar-spec car, with an AWD drivetrain giving it access to adequate acceleration both on the road and off the road. In corners, the Countryman's steering is relatively responsive, better than the other Mini models in the game (not counting Horizon Edition Cars). With a high-riding suspension, the Countryman can travel off the road without the risk of becoming unstable when encountering rough landscapes.
The Forza Horizon 3 rendition of the Countryman has its performance moved back several notches due to its top speed being severely reduced to just 95 mph (153 km/h), most likely due to the excessively tight gearing when compared to its Forza Horizon 2 rendition. With this speed reduction, the Countryman struggles to keep up with other Extreme Offroad vehicles on speed-oriented tracks, although the Countryman's gearing is tunable from the get-go, allowing players to increase the top speed without greatly compromising the car's performance.
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