New electric-only class to be introduced to the US-based Red Bull Global Rallycross series
28 October 2016

Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) has announced that it will run an all-electric rallycross series in 2018.

The US-based racing series, which has just concluded its sixth year, will run the standalone electric classes alongside its current Supercar and GRC Lite events during the season, at venues across the US.

The move will please manufacturers, who have been pushing for similar series to mirror road car development. Volkswagen, which competes in GRC and the FIA World Rallycross Championship, has been vocal about wanting to compete in an all-electric series. Current GRC champion Scott Speed won the 2016 title driving a Volkswagen Beetle for the Andretti Autosport team, which also races in Formula E. Peugeot, which races in the FIA events, has also expressed a desire for an electric class.

The new electric GRC series will be governed in conjunction with the United States Auto Club. Red Bull GRC’s CEO, Colin Dyne, said the 2018 season would be a landmark year for the series.

“The electric car is one of the hottest topics in the automotive industry, and manufacturers across the globe have recognised its immense potential,” he said. “We want to embrace this technology by welcoming it into our series as we continue to grow and expand.

“Our current platform is the most enticing in motorsports right now to a young, millennial audience. Our small-displacement, high-horsepower turbocharged engines allow our manufacturers to showcase the performance capabilities of their current millennial-focused offerings and provide a glimpse into the exciting future of the automotive industry.

“This electric series will add a new dynamic that will never replace the current formula but will be an important part of our expansion.”

Phill Tromans

Our Verdict

Audi S1

Potent, four-wheel-drive supermini shows just what it's made of

Join the debate



28 October 2016, is this just to keep Audi happy?

28 October 2016
The present rally cross cars hit 60 in well under 3 seconds. How much quicker do you want them. Half of the fun of watching racing is the smell, and sound. Hearing the exhaust pop n crackle on the over run, chatter of the waste gate. Hell the turbo spooling up.
Instead it's going to be like a giant radio control car blasting around. The formula E series is just crap, and yes I've watched a few. Nah give me a internal combustion engine every time.


28 October 2016
...I'm with you smokescreen...all the way!

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again
  • Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
    First Drive
    13 October 2017
    Off-road estate is now bigger, more spacious and available with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, but is it enough to make its German rivals anxious?