Hot off of the heels of the Cape Town E-Prix, Iain Banner, Chairman of the e-Movement has announced to the public that the World Rallycross Championship will now be making its way to the Mother City too!
Joining our very own ROC on the Ryan O’Connor Breakfast Show for a chat, Iain Banner’s announcement to the listeners of Smile 90.4FM would once again instil a sense of excitement in motorsport enthusiasts off of the back of a highly successful Formula E campaign in the Mother City. Now, the theatrical World Rallycross Championship has been provisionally confirmed for Cape Town, with dates listed between the 7th and 8th of October as a doubleheader World RX Championship event.
Banner went on to advocate for electrification as the future of mobility which ties into the current World Rallycross vehicles being powered purely by the zero emissions form of propulsion. Towards the end of 2022, the highly strung four-wheel-drive monsters of the RX1 category transitioned from internal combustion engines to EVs signalling a historic shift for the motorsport.
Each entrant will now feature a Kreisel electric developed twin motor powertrain, one mounted on each axle. This endows the familiar-looking but far-from-stock models with 500 kW and 880 N.m to catapult them sideways around the dusty corners of whatever rallycross circuit awaits. In terms of performance, they can beat a Formula 1 car off the line with a 0-100 km/h time of 1,8 seconds. Read more about the cars here!
Charging duties will be carried out by GCK Energy for each event using mobile containers that arrive at each circuit, pre-charged with 900 kWh of power and thus eliminating the need for Eskom and their strained grid to provide these behemoths with juice.
Banner further demonstrated his excitement to see 49-year-old Sébastien Loeb, who he considers one of the greats, strut his stuff within South Africa driving an all-electric Lancia Delta Evo-e RX that bears aesthetic similarities to the most successful WRC car to ever grace the motorsport from yore. No further details on the event have been announced but it will presumably continue the trend of being hosted at the Killarney Motor Racing Complex.
Stay tuned for more details!
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