Strong field set for inaugural RX1e rallycross season

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The FIA says that 14 build kits for the RX1e electric rallycross car, due to enter competition next year, have been reserved by new and existing teams. While bodywork designs and liveries will be different, all the cars in the class will use the same electric powertrain.

The car has been developed and produced by Austrian firm Kreisel Electric in close collaboration with the rallycross promoter and the FIA. The 500kW power output from the twin motors is complemented by 880Nm of instant torque; the immersion-cooled battery has been specifically designed to provide optimum weight distribution within the vehicle.

Recharging will be managed by GCK Energy via a bespoke solution comprised of containers and mobile charging points. The containers will arrive at each event fully charged with 900kWh of energy sourced from a combination of solar panels and the local green energy network.

Jean Todt, FIA president, commented, “It is pleasing to see our vision for the electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship coming to fruition with the confirmation of a field of 14 entries for the inaugural electric season. Electric mobility is assuming increasing importance and World RX is the perfect stage to showcase the performance capabilities of electric road cars in an FIA World Championship environment.”

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