ELECTRIC APPEAL FOR VW IN WRX
Firm’s bosses keen on alternative power for rallycross attack
Volkswagen is ready to commit a full factory programme to rallycross if either of the world’s two leading series tweaks its regulations to run to all-electric regulations.
Speaking to Motorsport News’ sister publication Autocar, VW’S head of technology, Frank Welsch said rallycross is a prime option for demonstrating advances in electric car technology. Welsch added that investigations were already underway into how the switch from conventional cars to electrical machinery could be made.
Welsch said: “I can certainly imagine a championship done with all-electric cars. The races are around six minutes long, which allows for short, intense bursts of competition and then charging.
“Today these cars are superpowerful, have torque from hell and use all-wheel drive. Electric drivetrains could deliver that. If the championship moved that way it would be perfect for us. We are already in discussions with organisers to that effect.”
Volkswagen is currently represented in rallycross by teams running Polos in the FIA World Rallycross and Beetles in Global Rallycross, powered by turbocharged two-litre (Polo) and 1.6-litre (Beetle) engines developing around 550bhp.