The factory Mini team has completed a deal with Dani Sordo for its 2011 World Rally Championship campaign.
Sordo tested for the Prodrive-run Mini team in November but was holding out for a full-season offer from Ford before committing to Mini. The 27-year-old Spaniard will join Kris Meeke at Mini, and both will compete in at least six WRC events this season.
"There has been a great deal of excitement surrounding Mini's return to the WRC, so to be part of this new team is a fantastic opportunity for me," Sordo said. "I'm sure Mini has a big future in the sport. I'm looking forward to working with Kris Meeke, having completed a very successful test with him in Sardinia last November."
Prodrive boss David Richards added: "Dani may only be 27, but he is already one of the most experienced drivers in the WRC and has been competing at the very highest level for the last five years. I believe with the new Mini WRC and in the right environment, he can now take the next step and add to his 29 podiums with victories on WRC events and become a challenger for a WRC title."