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smart e-cup Rallycross Version Debuts

LPD Italia debuts rallycross-prepared smart EQ fortwo e-cup, debut season starts in April…

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A rallycross version of the smart EQ fortwo e-cup will compete as part of the Italian Rallycross Championship this year, with the car recently debuting in a test event.

The all-electric supermini, built by Mercedes’ city car subsidiary smart, has been adapted to compete on mixed surfaces for its second year of competition.

It debuted last year with a single-make championship across Italy that included rounds at Misano, Vallelunga and Mugello.

LPD Italia is still running the cars, after a successful maiden season on-track last year.

The new off-road smarts will compete throughout the Italian Rallycross Championship which gets underway on April 21-22 at Maggiora.

A six-round calendar takes the championship to Maggiora three times, as well as rounds at the Austrian circuit of Melk, a TBA date in July, and a finale at Cervesina on Nov. 2-3.

A number of drivers tested the car at Maggiora last month, including long-time rallycross pilots such as Giovanni Savoini, GT drivers Marco Frezza and Lino Curti and one of last year’s smart EQ fortwo e-cup competitors Emanuele Liboni.

“On the gravel it’s impressive: it’s really strong, it jumps,” said rallycross regular Savoini.

“We have to understand and manage it. It’s really funny, if you overdo it  with the gas it will spin without hesitation.

“In the race it will be a pure show, I am convinced of it.”

The series is supported by Pirelli and Italian energy company Enel, a partner of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship,

A media day will take place on April 7 at Maggiora ahead of the debut round.

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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