ecoGP, the organizer of the 24 Hours of Oschersleben electric road car endurance race, has unveiled plans to expand its reach during the next couple of years to have as many as 12 races in 2021.
The series won’t host its 24H Oschersleben race for a third edition in 2020 but instead will narrow its focus to three other 24-hour races in Germany and Austria before a large expansion the following year.
A pair of 24-hour road races will be held at Schauinsland, in southwest Germany, and Zell am See, Austria, in April and June, respectively.
The series’ only circuit race will be a 24-hour round at Hockenheim on June 5-7, but split into two 12-hour sections, both of which are set to be held overnight.
A fourth event could also be added, according to series promoter Rafael de Mestre (pictured above), who revealed his plans to GT-Eins.
After a fairly quiet 2020, however, de Mestre wants a much busier 2021 season for ecoGP competitors, with up to 12 events across Europe for electric road cars.
He plans three 24-hour races in Germany, with a continuation of the Hockenheim and Schauinsland rounds into 2021, along with a circuit event at Eurospeedway Lausitzring, effectively replacing the Oschersleben race.
“The infrastructure at the Eurospeedway Lausitzring allows – unlike in Oschersleben, where the teams have to share one charging socket each – up to 50 teams an individual charging possibility,” de Mestre explained to GT-Eins.
“If we were to make it mandatory to share the charging sockets there as well, up to 100 teams could take part in the event!
“Due to the surrounding wind turbines and photovoltaic generators we have been assured 1 MW of charging capacity. These are values that are not even close to being reached at other race tracks.”
Along with the three German events, de Mestre is working on other races across Europe, including a proposed street race in Birmingham.
The UK’s second city, which hosted the Birmingham Superprix in the 1980s, was previously linked with an ABB FIA Formula E Championship round that ultimately never came to fruition.
“We are also planning events in England, Norway, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Latvia, France, Austria, the Netherlands, Andorra and possibly other interested nations,” de Mestre said.
“A highlight will certainly be the planned road race in Birmingham. The city council there wants to promote electric mobility with our event and has planned to set up a city circuit in the city center, where we would then hold an ecoGP competition for 24 hours.
“In Spain we will move from Calafat, which is no longer sufficiently equipped for our events with its infrastructure, to Navarra.
“Another interesting location will be the race in Norway. There we are planning a 24-hour event on the Rudskogen Motorsenter, where the track owner has promised us investments in the infrastructure in terms of loading capacity and accommodation.”
2020 ecoGP Schedule
April 4-5 – Schauinsland
June 5-7 – Hockenheim
June 19-20 – Zell am See
Harald Gallinnis contributed to this report