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Projekt E Rallycross Platform Revealed

STARD reveals first electric rallycross car for World RX support series Projekt E…

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Details of the fully-electric rallycross platform for Projekt E, the planned electric support series to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, have been revealed by supplier STARD.

Austrian supplier STARD, which currently competes in World RX with Ford Fiestas, is the official supplier of Projekt E, the replacement for failed plans to fully convert World RX to electric power.

STARD will serve as the series’ official supplier and is “exclusively responsible for electric powertrain kits and other services” ahead of Projekt E’s planned launch in 2020.

It revealed on Wednesday the first demonstration car, the STARD Ford Fiesta ElectRX, which produces 450 kW (612 hp), and can reach a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph).

The car uses the company’s new REVelution EV motorsport powertrain kit, which drives both axles, uses an integrated limited slip differential and an electronically controlled front-rear torque distribution.

The kit is fully flexible and designed to fit any type of road car bodyshells from the B-segment upwards, including current and future EV crossovers.

Car performance is expected to be above the level of the current top-class World RX Supercars, despite what STARD claims to be a “very cost effective and user friendly system” which is cheaper than the current internal combustion-powered cars.

“The STARD Ford Fiesta ElectRX shall showcase our EV motorsport competence,” commented CEO Michael Sakowicz.

“It also will be used as a demonstration and test car for the Projekt E initiative to which we are the official exclusive technical partner to IMG Motorsports.

“The plan is to demonstrate, showcase and test what can be done with EV powertrains in rallycross throughout as early as 2020.

“Projekt E will be just the start into a bigger long term and comprehensive electric future of rallycross which of course we aim to influence maybe even more with our Ford Fiesta ElectRX, than we have done with our first all electric RX car back in 2016.”

Projekt E is expected to get underway in 2020, although could be pushed back a year, with initial announcements stating it would debut ‘by 2021’.

It will effectively serve as a support series to World RX, with both electric and ICE cars existing side-by-side in separate series, after plans to fully convert World RX’s top class to electric power failed due to a lack of manufacturer interest.

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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