As if being the smallest on the road isn't enough for Mini, they wanted to set a record for even smaller vehicles. So during their stopover in Istanbul, Turkey during the 2013 Allgäu-Orient Rally, Mini decided to bring out their inner child.
In front of the city's "Blue Mosque" entrants formed the world's longest convoy of children's cars. A total of 274 Mini Baby Racers were attested to have set a new world record.
The effort will be rewarded with an entry in the official world record lists and all the Baby Racers will be donated to toddlers of families along the rally route in Jordan.
Mini joined the Rally for the first time this year in an event which is both an adventure for vintage car owners and modern classics, but also a creative charity. For example, all the rally vehicles are auctioned at the destination in Jordan to raise money for charity.
Working with Princess Basmah Bani Ahmad of Jordan, the Mini Cooper that has been used by the rally organisers will be donated to a mobile midwife service.
In addition, individual campaigns support social service organizations and humanitarian projects at numerous stopover points along the route.
The Mini Baby Racers were handed out to all participating teams at the start of the rally in Oberstaufen, Germany. They were stowed onboard each car as they set off for the Rally. From Istanbul, the route first goes to Ankara and to the south of Turkey. The entire rally fleet will cross from the port of Iskenderun to Haifa, Israel, with the Baby Racers reaching Jordan one day later. The finishing line is near Aqaba in the Jordanian desert, where the winner will be crowned.