MINI may be known for its quirky personality, nimble handling, and customization options, but now it will be known for an even greater accomplishment: overcoming some of the harshest terrains in the world as it tackles the Panamericana Highway.

The world-famous Panamericana Highway, or Interamericana, is a road connecting the US state of Alaska with Argentinean Tierra del Fuego and runs between the northernmost and southernmost points of the Americas. It spans approximately 16,000 miles through both North and South America and requires a boat ride for almost 60 miles between Panama and Colombia where a road has not been completed in order to protect the local rainforest.

Traveling this infamous highway is a modified MINI Countryman. Additional headlights, tires with emergency running emergency running characteristics, and a roof rack, are just a few add-ons that will make the compact MINI fit for a road trip of this severity. Based on the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4, the combined power and versatility of its two engines allow it to have an unmatchable endurance for the Panamericana adventure.

The drive over this historic road leads through climatic zones, dense jungle, and challenging high mountain ranges. It is not simply just well-developed highways, but also gravel roads, and narrows passages, that make up the route network that the MINI Countryman traveling the Panamericana will have to cope with.

Three MINI Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrid vehicles will attempt the intercontinental route on the world's longest north-south road link. MINI is hopeful they will demonstrate the reliability and longevity performance that the Plug-In Hybrid drive technology boasts in the Countryman ALL4.

Though the road trip has not yet been announced, its progress will be trackable on MINI's instagram account once the voyage begins. We wish these drivers and vehicles good luck, but we know they are facing a challenging task!

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