Formula E might be making headlines at the moment, but it's not the only race series to back the role of batteries in entertaining racing. Red Bull Global Rallycross, a fast-growing race series held in stadiums around the world and headed by big names like Tanner Foust, has committed to offering an all-electric series in 2018.
When it kicks off in 2018, the all-electric Global Rallycross series will be treated as an entirely standalone series. It will join the lesser Supercar and GRC Lite on race weekends, with races to take place on the same tracks as the full-fat GRC cars.
NEW ATLAS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Upgrade to a Plus subscription today, and read the site without ads.
It's just US$19 a year.UPGRADE NOW
"The 2018 season will be a landmark year for us as we welcome electric vehicles to the grid for the first time," says Global Rallycross CEO Colin Dyne. "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."
The announcement comes as Formula E continues to gain support from established car manufacturers. Last week, Audi said it will drop World Endurance Championship racing in favor of the burgeoning race series, and Mercedes is hoping to replicate its Formula 1 in the battery-powered world as well.
For an idea about what happens on a Rallycross track, check out the video below.
Source: Red Bull Global Rallycross