Mads Østberg will debut the new Citroen C3 ERX in the opening round of the Project E series at Höljes on 22/23 August.
Østberg, who has competed for the French manufacturer in the FIA World Rally Championship and most recently in the WRC2 class, will be driving the all-new Rally2 (R5) based C3 ERX electric rallycross car, which is built by series founder STARD.
The car that was announced earlier this week is heavily based on the Rally2 rolling chassis and comes fitted with the REVelution electric powertrain from STARD.
2012 Rally Portugal winner Østberg, has raced for Citroen for several seasons in the WRC amd currently leads the WRC2 championship standings in the C3 R5 that he has helped to develop over the last few years.
“It’s a really nice opportunity for me to take part in this project in Höljes.” Østberg said.
“For sure everything will be brand new to me, the car, the track and I’ve never competed in rallycross before so I think it will be an amazing experience. To drive this car was so much fun already, it’s so powerful and so enjoyable. It will be really, really amazing to finally compete in rallycross. I’m loving to do it in the electric Citroen C3 ERX.”
While Michael Sakowicz, STARD CEO and founder added on Østberg’s debut in the series:“Mads is one of the most talented drivers in the world of rallying, and he has been right at the front for many years now.”
“He has a huge amount of experience working with manufacturer teams at a very high level and it has been very helpful to have his input and validation into our world-wide unique STARD Revelution powertrain as the Citroen Racing works driver that he is. He’s the perfect driver to race the C3 ERX on its debut in the Projekt E Series and his participation makes the line-up even stronger after Ken Block was announced to drive the Ford Fiesta ERX at the Holjes weekend yesterday.”
The opening round of the 2020 Projet E series takes place at Höljes in Sweden on the weekend of August 22/23.