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Projekt E: Inaugural Season Charges into Action

First ever electric rallycross championship makes its debut in Sweden. Ken Block leads 3 car all Ford entry.

The first ever all electric rallycross championships kicks off this weekend at Holjes alongside the World Rallycross Championship. Series promoters unveiled the test car last September and it has already shown itself to be competitive when it made its racing debut in the Hungary last month. In the hands of Manfred Stohl, the car won first time out against a host of Supercars.

The powertrain produces up to 450kW of power, equivalent to 603bhp with acceleration from 0-60mph in 1.8 seconds. STARD built the REVelution powertrain in collaboration with series promoter IMG which has been adapted for 2 different car models. The Ford Fiesta is the car of choice for most teams while Citroen have adapted their WRC-2 rally car for competition. The Citroen C3 retains 80% of the parts from the rally spec vehicle with changes only made to accommodate the new drive train.

The entry list for the opening round is small but features one big name. Heading the lineup is Ken Block in his first rallycross event in over a year. He has already has some experience driving electric off-road cars having tested the Extreme E car in January and is the driver with the most rallycross experience. “The car is rad and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel in Holjes” said Block. Polish team Rallytechnology have entered 2 Fiesta’s for Natalie Barratt and Hermann Neubauer. Both have rally experience while Neubauer is a 2 time Austrian Rally Champion. Mads Østberg and Daniel Holten were meant to race this weekend but this has been delayed to round 2 so Citroen will not be represented on the grid.

“I have had some testing time in the Fiesta ERX and the car felt great. It’s going to be a big learning curve. We are all excited and we want to show the World what electric power is all about”

– Natalie Barratt

Calendar

4 rounds will be held in support of World Championship. This is down by 1 because of the impact of COVID-19. Holjes kicks off the season followed by Riga in September, Spa Francorchamps in October and Nurburgring in a December finale. The weekend schedule follows the standard 4 qualifying sessions split across Saturday and Sunday each of which run for 4 laps. As all cars will qualify for the 6 lap final, the semi-finals will be skipped. The series is a pre-cursor to the electrification of the world championship starting from 2022. This is in addition to the Junior eRX starting in 2021 as a replacement to the RX2 series.

 

Featured Image Credit: World Rallycross Championship

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