The adoption of electric cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship has been delayed until 2021, series officials announced on Thursday.
It comes after the FIA was unable to secure a minimum of four manufacturers for the planned all-electric championship, which was due to debut in 2020.
As revealed by e-racing365, an Aug. 15 deadline had been established for manufacturer commitments in order for the series to go ahead as scheduled.
According to a release issued on Thursday, the decision to postpone the electric car introduction has been taken to allow “optimal time” for manufacturers to develop their plans.
Manufacturers will now have until March 29, 2019 to confirm its involvement for the 2021 season.
“Electric cars are increasingly important to all areas of mobility, and rallycross is the perfect platform to demonstrate the incredible performance capabilities of electric cars in a fun, competitive and cost effective environment,” said Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President, Motorsports at IMG.
“A huge amount has been accomplished in a relatively short time since the first formal meeting in June 2017.
“A completely new type of rallycross car has been conceived and defined, and so it is worth waiting a little longer to secure the best possible field of competitors.”
WRX will now continue to run for current internal combustion-engined cars for the next two years, with “opportunities” for manufacturer and independent teams to showcase its electric vehicles in 2020.
In addition to manufacturer entries, privateers will also be able to enter the championship with EVs, either with cars supplied by manufacturers or using its own drivetrains and bodies developed from an FIA-approved base design.