Do you remember of JRM? Do you know that they have some off-road action on their schedule? Well, if you didn’t had a clue about it, it’s time to watch them raising some dust, and in a world championship, as they step into the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
JRM is specially known for participating in some FIA world championships some years ago, but these were in sportscar racing, as they were the 2011 FIA GT1 world champions with a Nissan GT-R, as well for being full season entrants in the FIA World Endurance Championship with an HPD ARX-03a LMP1.
But three years after that, they get back to a globe-trotting series, reviving a car that already had dust and dirt in its bodywork: the Mini Countryman.
The Mini RX cars of JRM were in fact in FIA World Rally Championship spec, and were used for the last time by Lotos Team WRC in 2013, without any good results on it. After that, they were converted to World RX spec by Prodrive, and then all the property over the program was acquired by JRM.
The new car will be driven in selected rounds over the 2015 World RX season in an experimental basis, even testing some drivers in the process. The goal is to mount a full-time competitive program for the 2016 season.
The Mini RX also boosts the number of manufacturers and car involved in the 2015 World RX season, as five manufacturers and eight different models will bang doors and fight for victory.
PHOTOS: JRM Group, World Rally Championship