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2021 Electric World RX Supplier Nominated

Kreisel confirmed as supplier for electric World RX kits in 2021; QEV to run junior eRX series…

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Kreisel has been chosen as the supplier of the base kit for electric cars in the top class of the FIA World Rallycross Championship beginning in 2021.

The decision was confirmed by the FIA afters its World Motor Sport Council meeting on Friday, with Kreisel set to supply teams with an electrifying kit for four seasons between 2021-2024.

The common kit will produce 500 kW (680 hp) with a 52.65 kWh battery featuring an innovative cooling system. Cars will have one 250 kW motor on each axle.

Teams will be able to either retrofit this kit to their current Supercars or build new cars around it with support from Kreisel.

A price of €300,000 ($329,500) has been set for the kit plus a four-year support package costing €100,000 ($109,800), which makes the electric cars cheaper than current ICE units over the same time period.

The first prototype will be presented in March 2020 and available to order from April 17.

Kreisel Electric is an Austrian company specializing in high-performance batteries, which have been used in cars, buses, trucks, boats, airplanes and stationary storage solutions.

It has retrofitted electric powertrains in a number of road cars, including the Porsche Panamera, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

The electrification of World RX will begin with the introduction of a support series, Projekt E, at several European rounds next year while the top Supercar class remains solely for ICE designs.

Teams will then be able to choose between electric or ICE powertrains in 2021, with a push for privateer teams to retrofit the kit into existing cars.

QEV to Run FIA Junior eRX Championship

Spanish outfit QEV Technologies will run an ‘arrive and drive’ junior electric rallycross series, also beginning in 2021.

The FIA Junior eRX Championship will feature a bespoke four-wheel-drive tubular chassis designed by QEV, paired to a 32 kWh battery producing 250 kW.

Up to 20 cars will compete in the series as a stepping stone to the Supercar class, held at six European rounds. Entry fees will be around €150,000 ($165,000) for the season or €30,000 ($32,950) per race.

QEV Technologies has had previous roles within the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, serving as engineering and operations partner to Mahindra Racing.

It could also be involved in the new-look NIO 333 operation, as reported by e-racing365 earlier this week.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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