World champ backs fu­ture tech MN’S RAL­LY­CROSS MAN

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge

New World Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Mat­tias Ek­strom be­lieves the sport is per­fect for elec­tric cars and hopes he can com­pete in an elec­tric Su­per­car at some point in the fu­ture.

The po­ten­tial elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of RX has been a hot topic on the fu­ture of the sport, and the first car to be pow­ered by an elec­tric mo­tor – the Peu­geot 207 S2000-based STARD – was un­veiled re­cently.

Ek­strom drew com­par­isons with the Group B ral­ly­ing era when asked about the po­ten­tial for elec­tric ral­ly­cross.

“I think the Group B era of ral­ly­ing is what many peo­ple talk and think about as be­ing the good old days. For me ral­ly­cross is the good com­ing days for sim­i­lar rea­sons, be­cause here the cars are re­ally fast and fun to drive and to watch,” he said.

“The only thing that I beg and hope that ral­ly­cross can do in the com­ing years is that it can in­clude elec­tri­cally driven cars with 1000 horse­power. I think that would be the dream for any driver in the pad­dock, to have even more power and drive with an elec­tric car be­cause this for­mat would suit it per­fectly. I hope I have the hon­our to drive an elec­tric Su­per­car with 1000bhp. That is the fu­ture of the sport.”

Ek­strom’s DTM em­ployer Audi, which has also sup­ported the Swede and his World RX team, EKS, re­ferred to the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of ral­ly­cross in its World En­durance Cham­pi­onship with­drawal press re­lease re­cently.

“What some other dis­ci­plines have for­got­ten is that peo­ple want to see fast cars and ex­treme things and I think ral­ly­cross of­fers this to­day and can also of­fer this in the fu­ture,” added Ek­strom.

“Peo­ple to­day are a bit spoilt with how you want to be en­ter­tained and I think ral­ly­cross breaks a lot of bor­ders with how fast the cars are, the for­mat of the rac­ing and how ev­ery­thing is done.

“I re­ally look for­ward to see­ing where ral­ly­cross de­vel­ops in the fu­ture.”

STARD is the first com­pany to un­veil an elec­tric RX car Ek­strom took World RX ti­tle

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