The fully electrified Trophee Andros championship will get underway in December for the first of six events featuring an entirely electric grid of ice racing rally cars.
The French championship confirmed in June that its top class will be entirely electric in the 2019-20 season after running a combination of electric and ICE-powered cars last season.
The 2018-19 campaign was thought to be the first time that electric and ICE cars have competed directly side-by-side in the same class in any major race series.
This time, events will take place over a nine-week period throughout the winter, including four in the French Alps, one in the Andorran Pyrenees and a finale at Super Besse, in Massif Central.
Last season saw three full-time electric entries in the top class, driven by Nico Prost, Aurelien Panis and Franck Lagorce, along with around ten ICE cars.
Four-time champion Jean-Baptiste Dubourg has become the first major driver to confirm an entry for the upcoming season, using a new Renault Zoe run by DA Racing.
Dubourg drove a Renault Captur last season and therefore makes the switch to electric cars for his Trophee Andros assault for the first time.
“I am very pleased to see Renault partner with DA Racing over the next three seasons, with the new Renault Zoe, to win new titles in the Trophee Andros,” commented series organizer Max Mamers.
“This is the realization of all the work we did with Frederic Gervoson, CEO of the Andros Group, creating the first 100 percent electric race in the world already ten years ago with the two-wheel drive Andros Car.
“The arrival of the new Renault Zoe on the Andros 100% Electric Trophy is consistent for Jean-Baptiste Dubourg and DA Racing who have won the Trophee Andros in the last four years with vehicles of the Renault brand.”
2019-20 Trophee Andros Schedule
Dec. 7-8 – Val Thorens
Dec. 20-21 – Andorra
Jan. 10-11 – Isola 2000
Jan. 18-19 – Serre Chevalier
Jan. 24-25 – Lans en Vercors
Feb. 1 – Super Besse