Ken Block is in Sweden ripping about in his new rallycross race car. This one isn’t powered by combustion though, as the FIA has a new series. It’s called World Rallycross Project E. Rallycross is going electric. In fact, it already has as the inaugural event kicked off at the Holjes circuit. There Ken drove his whirring Ford Fiesta ERX to a first-place finish.
The cars are built by Austrian company STARD, which stands for Stohl Advanced Research and Development. There are three electric motors under that Fiesta skin. In total, they provide more than 600 horsepower and over 800 lb-ft of instant torque. There’s a two-speed transmission that’s fitted to both axles, and the driver doesn’t need to shift. These cars are four-wheel-drive electric rocketships with a 0-60 time of around 1.9 seconds and a top speed of around 150 mph.
If you missed this recent round of racing in Sweden, mark your calendars for an event in Latvia during September 19 and 20. There the Citroen C3 ERX electric rallycross racer will make its debut to battle against the Fords.
The video above provides a great look at the tech behind the car. Ken talks about just how different an experience it is as well. The video host Neil Cole does a great walkaround dipping into some of the details.
No, it does not sound as cool as the gas-powered race cars. Is it still a bad-ass race car though? No question about it.