The BRX 5 Nations Trophy plans to run electrical machines along with the headline inner combustion engine Supercars on observe, with the electrical automobiles utilizing a powertrain developed by former World Rally Championship star Manfred Stohl’s STARD outfit in Austria, pending last approval from Motorsport UK.
The governing physique launched tips final yr enabling the usage of electrical automobiles in UK motorsport.
STARD’s electrical rallycross powertrain idea, which has been below improvement for nearly a decade, was used within the World Rallycross Championship’s Projekt E electrical assist class final yr.
Stohl additionally raced a Ford Fiesta ERX constructed by the agency to victory in rounds of the Austrian Rallycross Championship.
The British sequence is now becoming a member of numerous nations – together with Austria, Norway, Germany, Hungary and Italy – in introducing electrical automobiles to home rallycross championships.
Vehicles for British RX might be constructed by STARD, or be constructed from different bodyshells retro-fitted with the identical four-wheel drive, three motor, 450kW, 100Nm torque powertrain, which delivers comparable efficiency to the prevailing ICE Supercars.
“Rallycross itself was progressive from the outset and lends itself so properly to the subsequent period of motorsport,” stated championship coordinator Hannah Rynston.
“To be the primary within the UK to mix the 2 kinds of energy could be very thrilling and we’re very a lot hoping to have a number of STARD powertrain-equipped automobiles on the Lydden grid in Could.
“We now have been engaged on this behind the scenes for a very long time so it’s nice to see it turning into actuality.”
The BRX 5 Nations sequence is ready to run over seven rounds, at Lydden Hill, Pembrey, Knockhill, Mondello Park and Spa-Francorchamps.
Reigning Projekt E sequence champion Natalie Barratt is amongst these planning to race an electrical automobile in British RX this yr.
“It’s an thrilling prospect and one which couldn’t come quickly sufficient for motorsport,” she stated.
“The ERX [STARD electric] idea is thrilling. I’m attempting to place a group collectively and I’m hoping I can pull it off.”
The idea of working electrical and ICE automobiles collectively on observe isn’t new.
The Andros Trophy ran each propulsions collectively within the 2018-2019 season earlier than switching to completely electrical automobiles, whereas the World Rallycross Championship had deliberate to run combined grids as a part of a phased electrical introduction.
However, with the electrical change to World RX’s highest stage delayed till 2022, the sequence might be all-electric from subsequent yr, the FIA has stated.