British racing engineering firm Prodrive is committed to the 2013 World Rally Championship season and will continue the development program for the Mini John Cooper Works WRC and S2000 cars minus the assistance of the carmaker.
Although Mini has announced that, through BMW Motorsport, it will continue to develop the car's 1.6-liter turbo engine with Prodrive, the British automaker will cease supporting its works team financially for the 2013 WRC season.
Despite this setback, Prodrive's long-term contract with Mini remains unchanged to ensure the sales, support and development of the Mini John Cooper Works WRC and S2000 cars, as well as the engines and parts from BMW Motorsport.
"We understand Mini's decision and in the current challenging economic climate, it was not unexpected," said Prodrive business development director Richard Taylor. "It is, however, good news that Mini remains enthusiastic about the WRC and wishes to see Mini rally cars continuing to run competitively in the WRC and other championships. We have a number of further enhancements to the engine, the chassis and the transmission scheduled for introduction in the first quarter of 2013, and we look forward to making these available to our many rally partners, who already operate Mini JCW cars around the world."