PARIS – The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has confirmed that a series of RallyCross races with electric vehicles will debut in 2022, having been postponed to 2021.
The new series, nicknamed RX1e, will feature identical twin-engine racing cars built by Kreisel Electric of Austria in close collaboration with Rallycross Promoter GmbH and the FIA.
The cars’ powertrains are rated at 500 kW (680 hp), capable of delivering a torque of 880 Nm, while the battery has been designed for optimum weight distribution. The prototype car was built on a Skoda Fabia chassis.
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The cars will run on racing tires supplied by Goodyear’s Cooper Tire & Rubber subsidiary, under a contract signed by Cooper in early 2021 prior to its acquisition by Goodyear.
“Cooper is very involved in motorsport and has been involved in many international championships and events,” Goodyear said in response to a question from Tire company.
“Motorsport plays an important role in driving the presence of the Cooper brand today and will continue to do so in the future.”
Cooper has yet to disclose details of the racing tires it will supply for the RX1e cars.
The electrification of rallycross is about to revolutionize the sport, sport organizers said, and interest has continued to grow. The electric powertrain offers “electric” levels of performance, the FIA said, with the first models of the RX1e machine spinning in acceleration times from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 2 seconds, faster than a Formula 1 car.
Series organizers have confirmed there will be 14 entrants for the 2022 season, which kicks off in January. The schedule for the series has not been released, but it is assumed that the races will all take place in Europe.
The organizers have reached an agreement with GCK Energy of Saint Pierre d’Albigny, France, to provide “green” energy recharging to teams via a tailor-made solution of containers and mobile recharging points. The containers will arrive at each event fully loaded, having collected 900 kWh at the GCK base in France through a combination of solar panels and the local green energy grid.
All cars participating in the series will use the same electric powertrain, although teams are allowed to modify the body design.
Rallycross is a form of circuit racing on a track with mixed surfaces, usually asphalt and gravel or a sealed / unsealed surface; the race format is being revised by the organizers, teams and promoter with the aim of generating increased overtaking opportunities and closer races.
Confirming the series for 2022, FIA President Jean Todt said: “It is great to see our vision for the electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship come to fruition. … Electric mobility is gaining more and more importance, and World RX is the perfect stage to showcase the performance capabilities of electric road cars in an FIA World Championship environment. “