Opel Corsa-e Rally moves into second year of competition

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The Opel Corsa-e Rally will enter its second season of competition in 2022, with the car and its dedicated one make series, the e-Rally Cup, both coming in for updates. New additions to the car include a revised limited slip differential, while the external sound system has been optimized as part of the overall safety concept, making the car easier to hear and enhancing its acoustic appeal for spectators.

The championship calendar has also acquired a more international feel, with the addition of rounds outside Germany. There will be guest outings on the ELE Rally in the Netherlands, the Rally Weiz in Austria and the Rally Mont Blanc in the French Alps.

“With the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup, the long-standing partners ADAC and Opel have created a milestone in international motorsport”, said Opel Motorsport director Jörg Schrott. “We have proved that electric rallying works and is exciting. The Cup will be even better this season, thanks to the highly attractive calendar and the fine-tuning of the technology.”

“The ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup is an important cornerstone of the ADAC sustainability strategy, in which sustainable, future-oriented motorsport plays a pioneering role,” added ADAC Motorsport boss Thomas Voss. “The sport is undergoing great change. The ADAC and Opel want to contribute actively to this transformation; and the first electric one-make rally cup worldwide already demonstrates today what the future can look like.”

This year also saw the arrival of one of the electric Opels on UK shores, with Myerscough College in Preston, Lancashire, taking delivery of an e-Rally for use by its motorsport department. The college is hoping to lead the way in training the next generation of motorsport technicians, and has built a significant electrified fleet. The Corsa will join its BMW I3 Hill Climb car, Peugeot E Traveller service van and a Fiesta ST-line mild hybrid, which is in the process of being made into a full rally car.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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