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World Rallycross Championship to go electric in 2020

Tender process launches for new electric car batteries for the rallycross series.

by Elena Holmes

World Rallycross Championship to go electric in 2020

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has confirmed that the World Rallycross Championship (WRX) will switch to electric cars from the beginning of the 2020 season.

The FIA, which sanctions the rallycross series, announced the news by launching a tender process for the new four-wheel drive cars’ battery systems. The tender is set to run for four seasons, from 2020 until 2023.

The WRX said in October that it was engaged in discussions over its future following  the confirmation of long-term deal with French carmaker Peugeot and the withdrawal of US car manufacturer Ford.

Plans for electric cars to be introduced to the WRX structure were first revealed in August, and media reported in early February that electric cars would take the place of conventional internal combustion engine Supercars in the series after next year.

‘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,’ the tender for the battery systems states.

‘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.’