Former FIA World & European Rallycross Championship team Holten Motorsport AS from Norway were the first to announce a full commitment to the 2020 Projekt E series in a Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) built Ford Fiesta based electric rallycross car.
Holten Motorsport has had a long association with FIA World and European Rallycross competition. Most notably with Daniel Holten as the first driver to campaign a Volkswagen Beetle in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2015 in partnership with Eklund Motorsport
In 2016 Daniel Holten raced a Olsbergs MSE built Ford Fiesta ST at world level and also competed in Euro Supercar. He has also competed in RX Lites and RX Sweden since making his debut in 2010. Earlier this year Daniel Holten was crowned Norwegian Rallycross champion in his former FIA European TouringCar Championship Ford Fiesta. Holten Motorsport have yet to announce their drivers for Projekt E.
“This move to Projekt E will push us in the right direction for EV technology development. It is a fact that motorsport is the spearhead for new automotive technology and Projekt E brings us on to a technological platform that makes our advances and learning relevant in a changing automotive industry,“ Nils Reimers, Holten Motorsport Project Manager said.
“Projekt E is a ground-breaking undertaking and enables private teams to enter the world of electric motorsport with an unmatched level of road car electric powertrain relevance thanks to STARD´s technical concept which is as simple as it is innovative and affordable,“ Svien Bjarte Holten, Team Manager at Holten Motorsport said.
“The official Projekt E presentation by STARD and IMG was just a few weeks‘ ago, yet we are already starting to see commitments from teams as they prepare for this new undertaking,“ said Michael Sakowicz, CEO and Founder of STARD.
“We are delighted that Holten Motorsport are the first team to officially announce their participation. Projekt E is here. We were not talking two years in advance – you can buy the kit and race in 2020. It´s as simple as that.
“At a recent meeting in Vienna we were able to provide the team at Holten AS with the opportunity to drive the car and this totally sold the concept. We are now looking forward to working with Holten AS as our customer on their path to a new era of racing.”