IMG Motorsports has confirmed today (Tuesday) that the Projekt E electric development series will form part of the World Rallycross (World RX) motorsport calendar in 2020.
Project E will showcase electric-powered cars on the same event schedule as World RX during selected European rounds of the 2020 season.
The aim of Projekt E will be to evaluate electric racecars in a World RX environment in accordance with the roadmap for electrification of World RX, which is sanctioned by the International Automobile Federation (FIA). The roadmap was recently ratified by the FIA World Motorsport Council.
Projekt E is a collaboration between IMG and Austrian company STARD. IMG’s relationship with STARD will focus on developing electric technologies, charging and safety systems for Projekt E racecars as a prelude to the phased electric presence in World RX from 2021.
Testing of the Projekt E racecars is due to start next month, with the official unveiling of the car scheduled for early September.
Projekt E aligns with the FIA’s vision for electric initiatives in rallycross, with IMG to reveal more details on the series in the coming months.
Torben Olsen, managing director of World RX for IMG, said: “We have been working with STARD on the future electrification of world rallycross for several months. We have now reached an important stage in the ongoing development of electric solutions for rallycross and in particular Projekt E.
“You will see from the technical details of the Projekt E racecars that the innovative demonstration series will be an exciting addition to our World RX race weekend at selected events next year.”