RX2E rallycross car design finalized

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The final design of the new FIA RX2e Championship car – which forms the basis for the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship, due to start in 2021 – has been released. Jointly developed by Spanish electromobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross team Olsbergs MSE, the RX2e car has now been presented – virtually – in its definitive body shape.

“We are all tremendously excited to show off the RX2e car in its official form,” said Pere Gonzalez, project manager for the championship. “It has been a real labor of love getting to this point, with a tremendous effort by everybody at QEV and OMSE both back at base and on the test track.

“A huge part of that focus has obviously been ‘under the skin’ to make sure we get all the fundamentals right, to provide competitors with the most cutting-edge technology available and ensure the driving experience is as engaging and enjoyable as it can possibly be – but at the same time, it’s important not to neglect the aesthetics.

The four-wheel-drive electric rallycross car is built around a spaceframe chassis and incorporates two independent powertrains alongside a 32kWh battery, with the motors generating a combined 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 460Nm torque. This represents, respectively, a 24% and 14% increase over the existing Supercar Lites car, which the RX2e is set to replace, narrowing the gap to rallycross’s headlining Supercar class, with the latter due to move to electric propulsion from 2022 onwards.

Six race weekends are planned for the inaugural RX2e season in 2021, running alongside FIA World RX events.

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