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World RX Electrification Plans Clarified; Separate Grids Initially

Further clarification on electrification plans for World RX; separate grids for one season only…

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Further clarification regarding the electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship came on Tuesday, with plans to run Projekt E on separate grids for one season only, in 2020.

Electric rallycross cars will compete on a fully electric grid in Projekt E, an electric development series, at several European rounds of FIA World RX next year.

After that, beginning in 2021, World RX’s top class will feature a combination of electric and ICE-powered cars racing directly head-to-head, as revealed earlier this month.

In 2020, series promoter IMG Motorsports plans to use Projekt E to “evaluate” electric rallycross cars before fully committing to introduce them into the top class the following year.

Plans to run mixed grids in 2021, with a push for privateer teams to retrofit and electrify existing ICE Supercars, were ratified in the recent FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris.

Projekt E is a collaboration between IMG and STARD, the Austrian company which serves as exclusive supplier for powertrains and other aspects of the electric rallycross cars.

STARD recently revealed its Ford Fiesta ElectRX, a demonstration car based on its REVelution powertrain, which produces around 450 KW (600 hp) and 1100 Nm of torque.

Cars like the Fiesta ElectRK will be used in Projekt E, with such a concept allowing for the conversion of current cars or new builds to current chassis regulations, all using the REVelution powertrain.

“We have been working with STARD on the future electrification of world rallycross for several months,” commented World RX managing director Torben Olsen.

“We have now reached an important stage in the ongoing development of electric solutions for rallycross and in particular Projekt E.

“You will see from the technical details of the Projekt E racecars that the innovative demonstration series will be an exciting addition to our World RX race weekend at selected events next year.

“Our technical collaboration with STARD on Projekt E is further proof of our commitment to future mobility and relevant technologies in rallycross.”

Testing of the Projekt E cars is due to start in July, with the official unveiling of the car set for early September.

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. Contact Jake

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