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Red Bull adds electric vehicles to Rallycross

All-electric vehicle series will stand alone on GRC race weekends

Published: October 28, 2016, 10:30 PM
Updated: October 31, 2016, 8:27 PM

Olsbergs MSE driver Joni Wiman leads teammate Sebastian Eriksson over a jump at one of the two Red Bull Global Rallycross races in Daytona, Florida on June 22, 2015. - Olsbergs MSE driver Joni Wiman leads teammate Sebastian Eriksson over a jump at one of the two Red Bull Global Rallycross races in Daytona, Florida on June 22, 2015.

Red Bull Global Rallycross has positioned itself as one of the heavyweights in motorsport and is taking it a step farther with the creation of an electric vehicle class for the 2018 season.

The new all-electric vehicle class will be added to the Red Bull GRC race weekends as its own standalone series, in keeping with the tradition of racing distinct classes, such as Supercar and GRC Lites. All series will continue to be governed by Red Bull GRC in conjunction with the United Stats Auto Club (USAC).

“Red Bull Global Rallycross is pleased to add an electric series to our rallycross platform. The 2018 season will be a landmark year for us as we welcome electric vehicles to the grid for the first time,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “The electric car is one of the hottest topics in the automotive industry, and manufacturers across the globe have recognized its immense potential. We want to embrace this technology by welcoming it into our series as we continue to grow and expand.”

Having just wrapped up its sixth season, Red Bull GRC has consistently made major announcements that have accelerated the growth of the sport of rallycross. In 2015, for example, it became the first motorsports series to race on an active US military base.

Also of note, the Supercar class features factory teams from Ford, Honda, Subaru and Volkswagen, as well as some well-established names from other forms of motorsports —Michael Andretti, Chip Ganassi and Bryan Herta, all of whom are well known in Indycar racing, as well as Jack-of-all-Trades racer Rhys Millen.

“Our current platform is the most enticing in motorsports right now to a young, millennial audience,” enthused Dyne. “Our small displacement, high-horsepower, turbocharged engines allow our manufacturers to showcase the performance capabilities of their current millennial-focused offerings, and provide a glimpse into the exciting future of the automotive industry. This electric series will add a new dynamic that will never replace the current formula, but will be an important part of our expansion.”

Car specifications and other series’ details will be released over the course of the 2017 season.