Video shows MINI testing the Countryman WRC model on both dirt and track. MINI will race the Countryman WRC in selected events this season before competing fully in the 2012 WRC.

Here's a video showcasing MINI's return to rally racing this season with the MINI Countryman WRC.

The brand is banking on its history in the sport to lend it some credibility as it embarks on a return after so many years of absence.

Last month at the Monte Carlo Historic Rally, MINI brought together its new crew, Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo, and the old duo of Rauno Aaltonen and Paddy Hopkirk who raced for the brand in the 1960s.

The new Countryman WRC was developed by race team Prodrive. It features a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine from BMW Motorsport. The Countryman WRC will race in a few selected events in the 2011 season before competing fully in WRC in 2012.

Gallery: MINI heads back to rally racing [video]