POLAND MAKES HIS­TORY WITH ELEC­TRIC RX CLASS

Tesla-pow­ered divi­sion is planned

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge

The Pol­ish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship is set to be­come the first ral­ly­cross se­ries in the world to have a class for all-elec­tric cars this year.

The Na­tional Elec­tric cat­e­gory for rear-wheel-drive ma­chines us­ing a Ford Fi­esta plat­form and pow­ered by a Tesla-based mo­tor has been founded by Pol­ish elec­tron­ics firm Geeco­gen and its com­pe­ti­tion arm Eli­men Rac­ing.

De­vel­oped over the last 12 months, the con­cept is planned to join the Pol­ish se­ries from the sea­son-opener at for­mer Eu­ro­pean cham­pi­onship venue Slom­czyn on April 6. The new ma­chines use a Proto-built bodyshell, weigh 1150kg and pro­duce 230Kw, the equiv­a­lent to 300 horse­power and 330Nm torque. A min­i­mum of five cars is re­quired for the class to run on its own, but the elec­tric cars could run to­gether with the con­ven­tional Su­per­na­tional cat­e­gory while the class is es­tab­lished.

Ar­rive and drive pack­ages for the se­ries cost 50,000 Eu­ros, with two driv­ers al­ready signed up.

“It has been lots of work in par­al­lel to other pro­jects, but my busi­ness part­ner Daniel Sli­wka and I are very happy be­cause we al­ready have some amaz­ing re­sults,” con­cept founder Prze­mys­law Rozmys­low­icz told Mo­tor­sport News. “We are pre­par­ing the five rear-wheel-drive cars to reach the min­i­mum quan­tity of ve­hi­cles re­quired, and have man­aged the tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ment of the ded­i­cated com­po­nents of the elec­tric drive sys­tem, such as the elec­tric mo­tor and con­trollers, bat­tery packs, man­age­ment and sys­tems and teleme­try.”

Fi­nal ap­proval of the con­cept is ex­pected to be con­firmed by the Pol­ish Au­to­mo­bile and Mo­tor­cy­cle Fed­er­a­tion later this month.

Ford Fi­esta will be the elec­tric plat­form

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