Ekström’s newly-formed EKS JC group is creating a Rally2-specification Quattro A1, which might be appropriate for the WRC2 and WRC3 assist classes.
The automobile has been constructed to FIA laws in co-operation with South African firm Rally Technic and the group confirmed it might be eligible for WRC competitors.
“When the brand new technology of Audi A1 was launched, we knew we need to construct one thing out of it,” stated Ekström. “And since everybody is aware of my ardour for rallying, it rapidly turned clear that we are going to construct a rally automobile,”
“The automobile is prepared. It’s simply the set-up work left. We have to do some check kilometres and collect the knowledge. There is no such thing as a actual set date for it, however it’s fairly clear we are going to see the automobile in some competitions in spring/summer season.
“For now, this automobile is only for our personal use, however after we will probably be glad with its efficiency, we are going to supply it for hire or buy to different rivals,” he added.
Ekström has long-been related to Audi in motorsport. He drove an S1 within the FIA World Rallycross Championship from 2014 to 2019. He received the title in 2016 and completed runner-up the next two seasons.
The Swede made a WRC return finally weekend’s Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox after virtually 15 years away. He completed fifth in WRC3 in a Škoda Fabia.
The four-wheel drive Quattro A1 has a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine which places out 263bhp and is paired with a five-speed sequential gearbox.
EKS JC group supervisor Joel Christoffersson stated testing would start on snow and gravel earlier than switching to asphalt.
“Former FIA Junior WRC champion Emil Bergkvist will probably be our improvement driver and we are going to begin our testing classes within the close to future. We additionally plan to enter some native or worldwide rallies in 2021 season,” he defined.
Rally Technic director Chris Coertsee spoke about his enthusiasm for the challenge. “The Rally2 package offers a singular price-performance stability for rivals, however on this case, it is usually mixed with a legendary model and an excellent physique package.”
Audi revolutionised rallying within the early Eighties with its turbocharged four-wheel drive Quattro. When the fire-breathing Group B period was launched in 1982, the 370bhp A1 was quickly on the forefront of the brand new technology.
It made its WRC debut in 1983 at Rallye Monte-Carlo however solely began 4 rallies as a works automobile earlier than it was succeeded by the A2 model. Hannu Mikkola drove it to wins in Sweden and Portugal and went onto win the drivers’ world title that season.
Audi and its Quattro departed the WRC as a manufacturing unit group in 1987 after scoring 24 wins from 58 rallies. The Quattro stays as most likely crucial rally automobile in WRC historical past.