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IMG backs new FIA-sanctioned electric rallycross series

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Plans have been revealed for a new IMG-run electric rallycross competition, the FIA eRX2 Championship.

The series will be a joint venture between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies, Olsbergs MSE and RX Promotion, which operates the current RX2 International Series. It will be sanctioned by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and is designed to provide a pathway for emerging rallycross talent.

QEV Technologies has spent the past nine months preparing for the launch of the series after securing the FIA’s tender to develop the ‘arrive and drive’ eRX2 concept, which is based around a bespoke, lightweight four-wheel-drive electric rallycross car.

The first iteration of the eRX2 car was unveiled during the RallyX Nordic ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend at Höljes, Sweden earlier this month. The battery of the car will be mounted next to the driver in the centre to ensure optimum 50-50 weight distribution, with the vehicles to be able to run for up to 25 minutes with recommended 20-minute recharges between sessions.

The final car is set to be officially presented towards the end of the year and six European events are planned for the inaugural eRX2 Championship. Gyarfas Olah, the FIA’s off-road commission president, said that further announcements on the series would be made in the coming months.

Joan Orús, chief operating officer of QEV Technologies, said: “We firmly believe that the FIA eRX2 Championship can play a major role in helping to shape the future of rallycross’ electric landscape.

“With short, sharp races, rallycross is the ideal discipline for electric cars, and we are confident eRX2 will generate more dynamic and spectacular action than has ever been seen before. Not only will the degree of torque available make the car considerably quicker than the current RX2 model, but it will also be more challenging to drive, a key factor in helping to prepare competitors for the subsequent step-up to Supercar level.”