Plans to develop Rallycross cars into electric racers have been postponed until 2021, following a decision to allow manufacturers more time to develop their plans.
The idea was originally discussed in June 2017, but teams will now have until March 2019 to confirm their involvement in the electric format.
The new all-electric cars will be based on a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, using batteries from Williams Advanced Engineering, with a pair of 250kW motors, developed by the manufacturers. Independent teams can develop their own drivetrains and bodies to enter – or use manufacturer supplied designs.
“We are on the verge of an exciting new era for motorsport. Electric cars are increasingly important to all areas of mobility, and rallycross is the perfect platform to demonstrate the incredible performance capabilities of electric cars in a fun, competitive and cost effective environment,” said Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President, Motorsports at IMG.
But what about the internal combustion engine? The FIA World Rallycross Championship ensures it will still feature the ICE Supercars in 2019 and 2020, and promises they will remain an important part of race weekends.
Do you think electric will ruin Rallycross? Or are you excited to see what the future of the sport holds?