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Red Bull Global Rallycross promises all-electric series in 2018

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Red Bull Global Rallycross will add an all-electric series to its line-up in 2018
Red Bull Global Rallycross will add an all-electric series to its line-up in 2018
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Red Bull Global Rallycross will add an all-electric series to its line-up in 2018

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.

"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

2 comments
Future3000
Formula E will be the biggest waste of money. EVERYTHING is restricted: Capacity of batteries, power of e-motors... so no technologically progress is allowed! Same shit like Formula 1 since early 1990's. Hope Red Bull Global Rallycross will do it better! Best: an electric endurance race (racetrack or offroad) electric propulsion, 4 wheels, same size of cars... rest is non regulated! You will see in 3 years a car like Tesla S would have 1.000 hp peak, 4 WD, 1.000 km range, only 1.000 kg weight, recharged in less than 5 minutes and only half the price! But nobody wants this!
VincentBrennan
Yaaaawwwnnn! How excited I am not! Personally think the Formula E is a joke. It may get better but right now it sucks. TWO cars to finish a race and pits constantly yelling at the driver to NOT use power? THAT is not racing, and the drivers are all recycled has been or wannabe or never were drivers. These races are so short they may work better.
Guess there ill not be an excited "Drivers start your ENGINES!" huh? Nope!!