World Rallycross Championship bosses postpone EV switch until 2021 season
Matt Burt
19 August 2018

The FIA World Rallycross Championship is to postpone the introduction of electric cars until 2021. The decision has been taken to allow optimal time for all manufacturers investigating the possibility of competing to develop their plans.

Manufacturers will now have until 29th March 2019 to confirm their commitment to the electric format, which was exclusively reported by Autocar as far back as 2016.

The FIA World Rallycross Championship will continue to be run for the current internal combustion engine (ICE) Supercars in 2019 and 2020. Beyond 2020, these ICE Supercars will remain an important part of the rallycross weekends, as the World Championship becomes an electric series.

“We are on the verge of an exciting new era for motorsport. 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 series organiser 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. We believe that fans new and old will love what will be a thrilling addition to their favourite events.”

The switch to electric cars was rubber-stamped by the FIA’s World Motor Sports Council earlier this year, with a technical template for the cars that will compete in the new-look championship approved.

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The four-wheel-drive cars will be based on a carbon fibre monocoque chassis supplied by Oreca and will use batteries from Williams Advanced Engineering. Each car will be powered by two 250kW motors which manufacturers will develop, combining to produce 670bhp. Manufacturers will homologate their own bodies for the cars which are designed to accept scaled versions of B or C segment production vehicles.

Independent teams can also enter the championship, either with cars supplied by manufacturers or using their own drivetrains and bodies developed from an FIA approved base design.

There will be opportunities at a number of 2020 World RX events for manufacturers and independent teams to showcase their electric vehicles. Several manufacturers are reported to have expressed interest in a proposed move to electric cars, including Volkswagen, Audi and Peugeot, all of which are represented on the current WRX grid.

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The sporting regulations will remain the same as the current series: competitors will try to progress through practice, four qualifying heats and two semi-finals in a bid to reach the six-car final.

Entries in the World Rallycross Championship will be reserved for two-car teams and there will be titles for drivers and manufacturers awarded. Privateers will contest a separate teams’ trophy.

In theory the very short sprint-style nature of rallycross races should suit electric vehicles, because there are no issues with driving range.

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7 June 2018

....Drag racing next?!!!

FFS somebody wake up to the spectacle which is engine noise before it is too late!

Like a silent disco, it doesnt make good spectator fare.

7 June 2018

Long live the past !

Electric, homogenisation... Sad news...

 

 

8 June 2018

As I see it, this is a perfect application of EVs in competitition.

But it's a pity that it will be a spec series, with no opportunity for teams to innovate. And it would have been interesting to allow some of the current petrol supercars to compete as a point of reference. Their performance could have been more or less equalised with ballasting, and we'd still have some noise to applease the fans! 

8 June 2018
Launched in 2020, canned by 2022. They could keep the internal combustion engines & half the power & it'd probably still get decent viewing figures. With electric cars, might as well go watch a RC race or scalextric race. Saw the video for the new 1500+bhp Rimac the other day sounded garbage. Give me a tenth of that power in a petrol & it'd probably more fun.

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