A number of drivers from a variety of racing backgrounds tested the Projekt E demonstration car in Austria earlier this week, with positive feedback all around.
Rallycross, rally and circuit racers all tested STARD’s Ford Fiesta-based electric rallycross car in wintery conditions at Melk as testing continues ahead of the debut of Projekt E in May.
The first day’s test drivers included Krisztian Szabo, who raced an EKS Sport Audi S1 in the FIA World Rallycross Championship this year, German rally star Marijan Griebel and Norwegian Euro RX Super1600 driver Lars Christian Lote Rosland.
Day two saw RX2 International Series drivers William Nilsson (pictured above) and Marcus Hoglund get track time, along with former LMP1 driver Marco Bonanomi.
“The launch is incredible. Wow! It’s very impressive,” commented Szabo, who placed tenth in World RX this year.
“You have to be so patient, or quite smooth, with the accelerator, because the power is just there immediately, other than that it was very enjoyable, it was very good to drive.
“You can feel the centre of gravity is quite low, and because of the weight it’s a bit harder to stop the car, but it’s good.”
Griebel, who has competed in R2 and R5 rally cars in recent years, added: “It was my first ever experience in rallycross, the first ever laps I had in this sport and I think this is maybe the best car you can experience all that.”
The car also completed demonstration runs on the Karowa special stage in the center of Warsaw earlier this month, as part of the 57th edition of the Polish rally sprint.
Manfred Stohl, president and owner of STARD’s parent company Stohl Group, shared the car with Polish rally driver Krzysztof Holowczcyc.