World Rallycross Championship decides on EV regulations
It was announced in February that the World Rallycross Championship (WRX) will only be using electric vehicles as of 2020. Now the World Motor Sport Council has decided on the regulations regarding the new vehicles.
The series will maintain its current format regarding the number of teams and events per year, with both manufacturers, as well as private teams being eligible to take part.
Teams will be required to drive cars utilizing a standardized chassis and battery setup. As part of an initiative to save costs, teams will be issued a “generic car model” chassis by the FIA. Williams has been designated as the official battery supplier for the event and ORECA was selected to supply the carbon monocoque chassis.
Both manufacturers and private teams will install their own powertrains into the single-make four-wheel drive chassis, based on FIA regulations, which were stated to be “derived from those applicable for Formula E cars, with some restrictions aimed at controlling costs and development.
The cars will use a pair of axle-mounted motors, producing 500 kW for the races. The racing series will be restricted to two-car teams, which will be able to compete for two championships: One for manufacturers, and one for drivers. The calculation for the manufacturer championship was described thusly: “four best results among cars from each manufacturer per event to count towards the manufacturers’ championship classification.”