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https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/07/the-first-all-electric-rallycross-car-will-attempt-to-prove-it-can-compete-against-gas-cars-this-weekend-in-hungary/
The First All-Electric Rallycross Car Will Attempt To Prove It Can Compete
Against Gas Cars This Weekend In Hungary
July 10, 2020  Bradley Brownell

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Rallycross might be the perfect outlet for electric motorsport right now.
The rounds are short and the action is fast paced, meaning cars don’t need a
lot of range for a ten minute heat race. The instant torque means electric
rallycross cars can dig out of the hole in rapid fashion. And while the
weight takes a proper hot shoe to control, it’s far less of a detriment in a
loose surface series than one that requires grip. All of that is why I’m so
excited about STARD’s Projekt E electric Ford Fiesta making its race debut
this weekend.

Rallycross ace and former WRC rallyist Manfred Stohl will be the guinea pig
strapped into the seat for this EV vs ICE experiment. Ahead of the FIA World
RX championship allowing electric racers in its Supercar class for the 2022
season, the STARD car will run this weekend’s round of the Hungarian
Rallycross Championship at the Kakucs circuit.

The Fiesta is powered by a trio of electric motors totaling 450kW (about 615
horsepower) shoving forward thrust through all four wheels. That should put
the car on more or less equal footing with the conventionally-powered
two-litre turbocharged Supercars, which make around 600 horsepower in race
trim. The Supercar class features an 11-car grid at this round, so Stohl
will have plenty of competition for the race victory.

    STARD CEO and lead engineer Michael Sakowicz had this to say about the
upcoming race in a discussion with Motorsport.com: “It’s just another
session in our extensive and continuous testing program. Our expectations
are to collect further data and experience, and to have a great race
weekend. It’s the first race event for us at all in this strange year.”

    “It’s great that we’re giving an electric rallycross car its first
proper debut,” said Sakowicz. “We’ve been pioneers in electric rallycross
since 2015. We are not afraid of the challenge to do things no-one has ever
done before, that’s why we’re leading the way.”

This car is meant to be a test bed for the upcoming Projekt E series, which
will race alongside FIA World RX later this year as a standalone category
with spec STARD powertrains. This event in Hungary will mark the first time
that an electric rallycross machine has competed in the same event on track
at the same time racing for the same trophy as other traditionally-powered
cars.

To complicate things, World RX is adding Junior eRX as a third tier below
Projekt E in 2021. So by the time 2022 rolls around, there will be three
different specifications of electric rallycross car running around the track
throughout a World RX weekend. Why is it so hard to get normal people to
understand how racing works again? Oh, right.

If you want to see the Projekt E in action, check out this test with Tiff
Needell. It’s a pretty astonishing machine, but it doesn’t sound like it’s
designed to be directly competitive with FIA Rallycross Supercar classed gas
cars. Maybe STARD has some tricks up its sleeve to keep the car competitive.
Who knows what will happen. I look forward to seeing the result of this
little experiment ...
[© gizmodo.com.au]




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