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World RX to Introduce Separate Series for Electric Cars

Electric cars to run in separate series to ICE entries on FIA World RX weekends…

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A separate series for fully electric cars will be introduced as part of the FIA World Rallycross Championship by 2021, the series announced on Tuesday.

Series promoter IMG Motorsports has revealed that electric rallycross cars will compete on the same weekend as traditional Supercars in the future, in separate series and races.

This comes after failed plans to fully convert the top class to electric power were shelved due to insufficient manufacturer interest.

The plans were postponed to 2021, subject to a deadline of March 29 for manufacturers to commit to the new-look series, but have now been scrapped altogether.

The new concept, named Projekt E, will maintain traditional ICE-powered cars in the top class while allowing all-electric entries to compete separately.

It is unclear when this will come into effect, although it is believed to be for the 2020 or 2021 seasons..

“IMG has pledged as far back as 2017 that electrification would be part of the World RX weekend. Today we can confirm our intention to deliver on that objective,” said Torben Olsen, World RX managing director.

“Our aim is to showcase, by 2021 at the latest, future mobility and relevant technologies in the tough, competitive environment of rallycross with production-based vehicles that consumers can relate to.

“In terms of the strategy for introduction of electrification to rallycross, we have been in discussions for nearly two years with a number of manufacturers.

“Ultimately it emerged that the manufacturers were not yet ready to commit in sufficient numbers to make a fully-electric World Championship a reality.

“However, we believe that Projekt E is a positive step forward to deliver on our 2017 pledge.

“Projekt E enables us to embrace emerging technologies, remain relevant, and show that electric cars are fast and fun.”

Further details of Projekt E will be revealed during the coming months, including the series format and the cars which will take part.

The 2019 World RX season gets underway this weekend at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

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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    Kris G.

    April 9, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Nah, EVs and ICEs should race together. In the short WRX stints EVs will be superior than ICEs.

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