Ford will join electric FIA WORLDRX 2021?
Ford is weighing an entry into the FIA World Rallycross Championship when the sport’s top category introduces electric cars in 2021.
The ‘Blue Oval’ supported the Hoonigan Racing Division in 2016 and 2017, with the American Ken Block and the Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud at the wheel of the Ford Focus RS RX and now hopes to be part of the sport in the future
“We continue to talk to IMG and the FIA and other OEMs to see who is committing to it, and we’ll come to a decision in March,” said Ford Performance global director Mark Rushbrook to Motor Sport Magaine recently. “We withdrew in 2018 because that programme has served its purpose well for the Focus RS. We do continue to study the possibilities for electrified motor sport, and rallycross is one of them. It makes sense as a good place to race full electric cars given what the event is: the performance, the duration and the passion or explosiveness of the cars.”
Manufacturers have until 29th March 2019 to confirm their commitment to the electric format. The cars will be faster than the current generation supercars, 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.
In this way we hope to see the American brand involved and present in the CatalunyaRX 2021, since the test that takes place in the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is assured its continuity until 2022.
Tickets for the CatalunyaRX 2019 to be held on April 27 and 28 are still on sale here: http://bit.ly/2SOeV0U