The full electrification of the Trophee Andros is a “logical step” in the championship’s evolution after a long involvement with electric cars, according to series founder Max Mamers.
The French ice racing championship has completed the switch to fully electric grids in its three car classes for its 2019-20 season, beginning with the opening round at Val Thorens this weekend.
It includes a field of 12 four-wheel-drive electric cars shared between the Elite Pro and Elite categories, which will be fully electrified for the first time after running a combination of electric and ICE cars last season.
In addition, the Enedis Trophee Andros Electrique class remains in its all-electric format with less powerful two-wheel-drive cars, but is now aimed at guest and celebrity drivers instead of junior drivers.
Despite the new shift to 100 percent electric power, for which the championship has been rebranded as e-Trophee Andros, it has a long history of involving electric cars in its short sprint races, and has done since 2007.
The car that debuted over a decade ago, named Andros Car, went through a number of evolutions to become Andros Car 04 which forms the basis of the Enedis Trophee Andros Electrique class today.
Development of the Andros Car also led to the more powerful four-wheel-drive Andros Sport, which is now the base of all 12 cars in e-Trophee Andros’ Elite Pro and Elite classes after debuting last season.
“Electrification is a logical step in the evolution of Trophee Andros,” Mamers told e-racing365. “It started ten years ago with the world’s first fully electric race using two-wheel-drive cars called Andros Cars.
“There were four evolutions of this car that led to the new Andros Sport four-wheel-drive car.
“The 2019-20 season is a turning point for Trophee Andros as it becomes fully electric with 12 cars.”
Mamers says the use of electric powertrains is important from a marketing perspective, and can be seen by a number of teams using road car silhouette bodyshells over the common Andros Sport powertrain chassis, which is built by Exagon Engineering.
Sainteloc Racing has elected to use Audi A1 bodywork, while Sylvain Pussier Competition’s cars are designed as Peugeot 208s.
The most important car design, however, is DA Racing’s pair of Renault Zoes, for which it has gained direct support from Renault France in order to promote the electric Zoe road car.
“Electrification is a new and very interesting challenge for everyone,” explained Mamers.
“All experiments and validations are important [for research and development purposes], such as the use of batteries in extreme conditions.
“For manufacturers such as Renault, marketing [through e-Trophee Andros] is important. It is of prime importance to have a ‘daily look’ car in competition, unlike in Formula E.”
The four-wheel-drive Andros Sports also employ four-wheel steering and are powered in a twin-motor configuration producing 250 kW (335 hp) and 1600 Nm of torque.
In comparison, the less powerful lightweight Andros Car 04 produces 90 kW (120 hp).
The first two rounds of the season take place at Val Thorens this weekend, with the finals scheduled for Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.