The FIA World Rallycross Championship has confirmed today that it has postponed the introduction of Electric Supercars until the 2021 season, moving back the decision by twelve months.
The decision has been taken by the series to allow optimal time for all manufacturers investigating the possibility of competing to develop their entries. Manufacturers have until 29 March 2019 to confirm their commitment to the electric format.
In the meantime, World RX will continue with the current batch of internal combustion engine powered Supercars for the next two years. In the run up to the 2021 season, plans will be revealed for the next step of current World RX Supercars.
“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 of Motorsports at IMG.
“A huge amount has been accomplished in a relatively short time since the first formal meeting in June 2017. A completely new type of rallycross car has been conceived and defined, so it is worth waiting a little longer to secure the best possible field of competitors. We believe that fans new and old will love what will be a thrilling addition to their favourite events.”
The FIA World Rallycross Championship has already confirmed that the cars will be based on a carbon fibre monocoque chassis supplied by Oreca and will use batteries from Williams Advanced Engineering.
Each car will be powered by two 250kW motors which manufacturers will develop. Manufacturers will homologate their own bodies for the cars which are designed to accept scaled versions of B or C segment production vehicles.