Red Bull Global Rallycross has announced that for the 2018 season, a standalone series of electric vehicles will join the existing Supercar and GRC Lites championships.
Few details have been provided about the series, but organizers say it will represent an important expansion to the series. In all likelihood, the electric models will take a similar shape to the existing Supercars class and be powered by a common drivetrain.
In a statement, Red Bull GRC chief executive 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.”
It remains unclear which automakers will sign up for the series but Volkswagen expressed interest in an electric rallycross championship earlier in the year.