The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has confirmed that the World Rallycross Championship (World RX) will switch to electric cars from its 2020 season.
The FIA is World RX’s sanctioning body and confirmed the news by launching a tender process for the new four-wheel drive cars’ battery systems. The tender will run for four seasons, from 2020 to 2023.
“The FIA’s objective is to switch the FIA World Rallycross Championship to electric cars as from 2020,” the tender read, according to the Autosport website.
“The aim of Electric Rallycross is to allow the development of electric technologies and race for the efficiency of the traction chain of the car, to showcase that electric cars are as fun and powerful as thermal (combustion) ones.
“In order to maintain cost control with a high level of technology, the FIA is defining a battery pack that all car manufacturers will have to use in their cars which are then delivered to competitors.”
The potential for a move to electric power was flagged up in October when World RX said it was engaged in wide-ranging discussions over its future direction after French automotive manufacturer Peugeot committed its future to the motor racing series, while US carmaker Ford opted to withdraw.
Paul Bellamy, World RX managing director for the IMG agency, said that the championship was “fully engaged” with current and prospective competitors regarding a vision for the future of the series, adding that the introduction of electric cars would not happen before 2020.