Red Bull Global Rallycross has announced a ground-breaking plan to run an all-electric series from 2018.
The championship, which will be the first of its kind in the world, will run as a standalone series alongside the Red Bull GRC Supercars and Lites categories.
The United States Auto Club (USAC) will continue to serve as the governing body for Red Bull GRC, expanding into the new series.
“Red Bull Global Rallycross is pleased to add to our rallycross platform an electric series,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “The 2018 season will be a landmark year for us as we welcome electric vehicles to the grid for the first time. The electric car is one of the hottest topics in the automotive industry, and manufacturers across the globe have recognized its immense potential. We want to embrace this technology by welcoming it into our series as we continue to grow and expand.
“Our current platform is the most enticing in motorsports right now to a young, millennial audience,” he added. “Our small displacement, high-horsepower, turbocharged engines allow our manufacturers to showcase the performance capabilities of their current millennial-focused offerings, and provide a glimpse into the exciting future of the automotive industry. This electric series will add a new dynamic that will never replace the current formula, but will be an important part of our expansion.”