Organiser Speedleague has announced world’s first electric rallycross championship called E/RACING.
The vehicles will be provided by Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) and this Austrian company has been appointed as Principle Engineering Partner to supply engineering support, unique components and complete cars to the league and teams.
The electric car seems very suitable for rallycross as the races are short and intense, which are held on multi-surfaced tracks consisting of dirt and asphalt.
“Besides the clear environmental and technological benefits, it’s obvious that, when it comes to rallycross, electric powered race cars will provide us with a superior competition platform. They also make available more venue options, offering a better experience for fans,” says Speedleague CEO and President Brian Gale.
“The idea has intrigued me for years but, until now, I haven’t found a partner able to provide a comprehensive engineering solution for the race cars. That’s why we are so excited about teaming up with STARD to create E/RACING.”
The inaugural season for E/RACING will make stops in five North American cities, including Los Angeles and New York City and will run through the spring of 2018. The series kick-off will be October 31-November 1st, 2017 in Las Vegas.
“For the last couple of years we have believed that EV Technology is the future in motorsport, opening up a huge number of new possibilities,” says Manfred Stohl, owner and president of Stohl Group. “The success of FIA Formula E Championship and the huge interest in our world´s first “HIPER MK1” electric rallycross development car indicate this proving correct. Rallycross-style racing and electric race cars seems to be a perfect match.”
The STARD engineered cars will be based on variety of production models and built to the existing FIA regulations. Car features include a power output of 500 kW (670hp), an integrated all-wheel drive system with differential torque vectoring and aerodynamic kits unique to the series. Crucial to the flow of racing is a driver push-to-pass feature and a proprietary battery swap system only requiring 15 minutes. Also unique, will be certain design elements allowing for convertibility between rallycross, stage rally & short-course road racing specifications with relative ease, a capability the League and STARD are exploring further.
“Particularly after the presentation of our EV RX development car we had a lot of opportunities and requests for a variety of project possibilities,” Michael Sakowicz, STARD CEO adds. “However, the Speedleague´s concept and approach to create this unique E/RACING series convinced us to be the perfect environment for our technology. Our entire team is very excited about this great undertaking and ready to sustainably revolutionise motorsport together with Speedleague.”
Teams interested in competing in the series will be offered the ability to lease or purchase complete ready-to-run cars built by STARD in time for the first event. The option for teams to build cars to League specifications using STARD supplied components will be considered on a limited case-by-case basis.
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