The Future of Prodrive's WRC Mini in Doubt

Despite collecting three podiums from seven World Rally Championship starts, the dispute between Prodrive and the BMW Group over financing the programme appears beyond reconciliation and an effective resolution to the ongoing situation is thought to be unachievable. As a result, it's reported that the Banbury firm is going to be told that its contract to build Mini John Cooper Works WRCs is terminated.
That decision is expected to be communicated to the company responsible for the development and build of the Mini today or early next week and sources close to the company have reported that a meeting of Prodrive staff has been convened for Monday morning. When contacted on Friday afternoon a spokesperson from the BMW Group said: "We have no comment to make".

3rd February, 2012