The world of motorsports has embraced the automotive industry’s push to electrification, first with electric boost in Formula 1 and the then the creation of the Formula e pure electric racing series, and now Opel is taking the leap into rally car electrification.
Opel has announced, the Corsa-e Rally, the world’s first electric rally car, which will compete in a single-marque dedicated electric rally series, the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup — an entry-level competition set to commence operations in summer 2020. Based on the electric production Corsa-e, the rally car will have its world debut at the upcoming IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show.
Opel has pledged 15 cars to the series and is taking orders from customers, pricing the car for less than €50,000 (about $73,500 Canadian). The car is fitted with a 100-kW synchronous motor, producing 136 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque.
The front-wheel drive car is fuelled by a 50-kWh lithium ion battery and weight just 1,400 kg, with all components, including underbody protection, a full racing roll-cage and electric fire extinguisher.