The FIA World Rallycross Championship will start switching to electric car racing in August
The FIA World Rallycross Championship will begin its switch to electric car racing on August 13-14 in Hell, Norway. The transition to battery-powered electric racing will replace the World RX car series that debuted in 2014.
World Rallycross had originally planned to start electric racing in 2020, but the series was delayed for two years due to pandemic-related supply chain issues for automakers. There are now eight races across Europe scheduled for the next inaugural electric season, which concludes in Spain on October 29-30.
World RX is now the FIA’s third electric racing offering, joining its open-wheel Formula E series and Extreme E off-road SUV series. The rallycross powertrains are expected to generate 500 kW of power, the equivalent of 680 hp , and reach 880Nm of torque, which the FIA says will result in faster acceleration than Formula E cars.
“We are proud in Norway to be leading the energy transition in the automotive industry – 90% of new cars sold here are now electric or hybrid – so there are many synergies with what Rallycross Promoter does and we are looking forward to putting on an amazing fan event next month with sensational action across all four classes,” Tor Helge Forbord Slind, promoter and CEO of Norwegian-based Hell RX AS, said in a statement.