Ford could re-enter the FIA World Rallycross Championship when it becomes a fully-fledged electric series in 2020, while it also still evaluates options in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
The Detroit automaker, which plans to invest $11 billion into its lineup of hybrid or electric vehicles by 2022, appears set to expand its EV involvement into motorsports, with one or both programs.
Ford Performance global motorsports director Mark Rushbrook confirmed that an entry into all-electric rallycross series is among the options, with it currently in the FIA-led technical working group to help shape the new regulations.
“We’ve been studying that and are involved in the discussions for setting that framework,” Rushbrook told e-racing365.
While having withdrawn from WRX competition last year, Rushbrook indicated Ford could re-enter under the new regs, which will utilize an ORECA-built spec chassis and standard battery developed by Williams Advanced Engineering.
Manufacturers will be allowed to develop its own electric powertrains, similar to Formula E, although outfitted with custom body shells, which would create brand identity.
“In this case the benefit, or one of the differences in ERX versus Formula E, it looks like a street car and you can make it look like your street car,” Rushbrook said.
“We wouldn’t make a decision on that difference alone. There’s a lot of other difference between those series.”
Rushbrook said a decision on its future EV plans has yet to be made and indicated no major global decisions are expected in the coming weeks.
E-racing365 understands the Ford’s proposal to enter Formula E, likely as a takeover of the Dragon team, is still awaiting board approval, and would not likely be until Season Six at the earliest.
It’s believed several high-ranking Ford staff are expected to be in attendance at next month’s New York E-Prix, potentially as guests of Dragon.