Firm’s bosses keen on al­ter­na­tive power for ral­ly­cross at­tack

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By David Evans Pho­tos: Hal Ridge, fi­a­worl­dral­ly­cross.com

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.

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