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Rallycross is going electric in 2021 with a chaotic new race series across Europe

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If you’ve ever watched Formula E and thought: “This is great, but is would be so much better with more mud,” then electric rallycross might be the motorsport for you.

The motorsport’s governing body, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) is launching the eRX2 series next year, which will see drivers battle it out around a multi-surface track (mud included) in a specially developed all-electric rallycross car.

Race drivers will all use the same type of vehicle which is being developed by Spanish electric mobility company QEV Technologies and component maker OSM Olsberg. It’ll have a 32 kWh battery that’s capable of producing 335 bhp of power that gets sent to all four wheels with a motor at the front and one at the back. The battery is built into the car next to the driver to improve weight distribution.

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That battery might not sound too big, (and it’s not, it’s about the same capacity as a Nissan Leaf) but is obviously capable of outputting plenty of power. It helps keep the overall weight of the vehicle down, which is essential in short and fast rallycross races.

It only has enough capacity for about 25 minutes of racing, and takes 20 minutes to recharge, so for normal driving it’s not that good — it’s perfect for rallycross though. Tournament events take place across an entire weekend, and feature a number of knock-out races with plenty of down-time between rounds to recharge.

Credit: FIA, QEV Technology