Volkswagen Hints At An Electric Class In World Rallycross

2 years ago by Mark Kane 12

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Volkswagen is eager to see all-electric racing in the World Rallycross format – we can’t disagree with their sentiment.

Representatives from the German manufacturer would like to see at least an electric class put in place, or maybe even replace the current top category to demonstrate advances in electric vehicles powertrain technology.

“Volkswagen is pushing for World and Global Rallycross Championship regulations”

VW’s head of technology, Franck Welsch said:

“I can certainly imagine a championship done with all-electric cars. The races are around six minutes long, which allows for short, intense bursts of competition and then charging.

“Today these cars are super-powerful, have torque from hell and use all-wheel drive. Electric drivetrains could deliver that.

“If the championship moved that way it would be perfect for us. We are already in discussions with organisers to that effect.”

Demo of FIA World Rallycross Championship:

source: Autocar

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12 responses to "Volkswagen Hints At An Electric Class In World Rallycross"

  1. Rich says:

    Any word on when VW is going to fix the 600,000 cars generating 40x the legal amount of pollution in the U.S.A. without screwing U.S. consumers?

    1. Anon says:

      I’m hearing they were given until April 21st in the US, to come up with something to fix their mess…

    2. Oh good, that all the Amerikan Pickups don’t pollute multiple times more, than the mostly small VW cars.

      1. przemo_li says:

        How many pickups are diesels?

        And how 3-5 times less efficient car can be worse then car that is 20-30 times less efficient then regulation?

        Volkswagen diesels where that bad.

      2. pjwood1 says:

        Pickups like the new Chevy Colorado diesel emit within the same light duty limits as the VWs were supposed to. Rules for trucks don’t get easier until someplace between 6000-8700 pounds.

  2. Forever Green says:

    No word yet. Not even a hint!

  3. Stephen says:

    I don’t want to hear anything from VW unless it’s:

    (1) The plan for fixing the TDI emissions cheat.
    (2) An announcement for a new hybrid or EV vehicle that will actually be built and sold in the near future.

  4. Rick Bronson says:

    How many people are going to buy race cars.

    Why not they sell more EVs by reducing the prices and introducing more models.

    1. John says:

      The reason for race cars it simple.

      Race teams can spend a ridiculous amount of cash on R&D. Then the race teams break it.

      Then they spend more on R&D to make it better.

      Then the tech ends up in consumer cars.

  5. Seth says:

    So, not a single comment that actually relates to the article posted. Intruiging, but sad.

    I’d look forward to something like this, although I originally read this as a WRC type rally car, which these are totally not.

    One of the most recognizable memories I have from the WRC racing is that you hear the car coming from miles away, slowly getting closer and then passing you in a hail of grit and dirt.

    The rallycross cars don’t have any of this, they are loud, go round the track for 5 laps and then finish. Arguably, it’s a lot safer for the spectators, which still demands it’s toll in traditional rally events.

    The rally cross cars remind me of the Trophee Andross ice races, recognizable by body only 600hp 4WD, 4WS race cars.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      Most people on this site aren’t sports car people. You are much more apt to find green sanctimony, which I agree is truly sad since no manufacture has yet succeeded in making EVs really “fun”. For all its sins, I would say VW is still the most likely company to formulate the EV people will want most, from a “fun” standpoint. We kid ourselves, if we think Tesla is trying. It isn’t remotely their priority.

      Why else would I chose a green leaf, on a checkered flag 😉

      1. Stephen D says:

        It would be fun to see a scaled up version of the Tamiya Baja Bug that I raced around the woods when I was a kid.