The all-electric Projekt E rallycross car has been revealed ahead of its competition debut as a support category for the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2020.
Based on a 2019 STARD World RX Ford Fiesta chassis, the car features the STARD-developed ‘REVelution’ electric powertrain which has a total output of 450 kW (613 bhp) and a top speed of 240 km/h (150 mph).
Current World RX chassis can be converted into Projekt E spec, while new builds fitting in with current chassis regulations will also be permitted.
Both pure competition powertrains and road-based electric motors will be allowed to compete together under the regulations.
“We are delighted to be partnering with [World RX promoter] IMG on this innovative project which will change the technical landscape in motorsport and rallycross in particular,” said Manfred Strohl, president of Stohl Group which owns STARD.
“There is a lot of activity in hybrid and electric racing at present but what sets Projekt E apart is the fact that the Projekt E race car can utilize road car electric motors.
“The performance of the racecar will be impressive when you consider that in terms of torque, the power unit is capable of 0-90% in about 32 milliseconds. The motors rotate at up to 14,000rpm.
“Projekt E will add a whole new, innovative dimension to rallycross in 2020.”
Senior vice president of IMG Motorsports Paul Bellamy, meanwhile, described the launch of the electric rallycross car ahead of this weekend’s World RX Latvia round as a “tipping point in the future of production-based motorsport.”
“Electrification in the automotive industry is moving at a rapid pace and we are extremely proud to be first movers in the electric motorsport space for production vehicles,” he said.
“Rallycross is known for rapid launches and fast-paced, wheel-to-wheel action. The advanced technology which powers the Projekt E racecar will produce torque levels we have never seen in rallycross before.
“It’s an exciting time for the sport of rallycross. Our aim with the new-look race weekend format for 2020, with the inclusion of Projekt E, is to allow rallycross fans to enjoy the traditional internal combustion engines – and be given a flavor of the future at the same time.”
Projekt E, which was revealed as a concept in June, will race on the World RX undercard at select European rounds of the championship next year.
Its aim is to evaluate the potential future applicability of electric cars in the global series, after initial plans to integrate EVs into the top class fell through due to a lack of manufacturer interest.