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Trophee Andros Goes Fully Electric; Adds RX Version

Trophee Andros to go fully electric for 2019-20, adds electric rallycross version…

Photo: Pierre Brouhard

Trophee Andros organizers have confirmed that the French ice-racing championship will feature exclusively electric cars next season, while also revealing a kit to adapt the cars for use on rallycross tracks.

The championship ran a combination of electric and internal combustion engine-powered machines in its top class last season, but will now fully switch to the electric silhouette chassis.

The four-wheel-drive cars will each be shared by two drivers, with the field limited to 12 entries, while the series is pushing to have more international drivers amongst the predominantly French field.

Last season’s finale, held at Paris’ Stade de France, was won by Aurelien Panis and his guest driver, father Olivier Panis, sharing an Audi A1 Quattro silhouette electric car.

Second place was also secured by an electric car, driven by Franck Lagorce and his guest co-driver Sebastien Loeb.

There are also plans to introduce a rallycross version of the electric cars, through the implementation of an ‘asphalt/earth’ kit which is used to modify the existing cars designed for use on ice tracks.

The rallycross races will take place in other parts of France, such as Brittany and the south-west and north regions, while the Trophee Andros continues to be based in the Alps and Pyrenees.

Former Formula E driver Nico Prost and 2018-19 Andros champion JB Dubourg tested the rallycross car at Circuit de Faleyras, near Bordeaux, on Monday (pictured).

The 2019-20 Trophee Andros season is expected to get underway in November or December, while a timeline for potential rallycross events has not been communicated.

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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