Red Bull Global Rallycross has announced the addition of an all-electric series from season 2018.
Currently, Red Bull GRC just wrapped up its sixth season, having four manufacturing partners: Ford, Subaru, Honda, and Volkswagen. (So we assume Subaru and Honda won't be participating in the new venture and we will see some new OEM faces come on board).
Having electric rallycross is something that Volkswagen seemed to be waiting for.
Electric races are to be held during race weekends, together with conventional classes: Supercar and GRC Lites.
"Red Bull Global Rallycross will continue to position itself at the forefront of motorsport technology with the creation of an all-electric vehicle series for the 2018 season. Electric vehicles will be added to Red Bull GRC race weekends as a distinct, standalone series, joining the Supercar and GRC Lites classes in the series’ race program. Red Bull GRC, in conjunction with USAC (United States Auto Club), will serve as the governing body for the new series."
Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne said:
“Red Bull Global Rallycross is pleased to add to our rallycross platform an electric series. The 2018 season will be a landmark year for us as we welcome electric vehicles to the grid for the first time. 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.
“Our current platform is the most enticing in motorsports right now to a young, millennial audience. 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.”