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The new all-electric World Rallycross Championship cars have 680bhp

The FIA World Rallycross Championship will enter a new era this weekend, with 0-62mph sprints quicker than an F1 car

Published: 12 Aug 2022
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Big news in the world of rallycross – the FIA World Rallycross Championship has gone all-electric, and these are the cars that’ll kick off its new era.

Look like fairly standard hatchbacks, don’t they? And yet the top-class RX1e cars will get twin motor setups that make 680bhp and 649lb ft of torque. Good grief. World RX bosses say the EVs would beat an F1 car in a 0-62mph sprint, although we don’t have any more than the headline figures in the way of technical details. 

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The cars were unveiled in downtown Stjørdal in Norway on Thursday, but this weekend they will take to the track in Hell for the very first time. That’s Hell the village in Norway by the way, we haven’t gone all apocalyptic just yet.

The driver lineup this season includes multiple world champion Johan Kristoffersson, Olympic skiing legend Aksel Lund Svindal (making in his debut in the supporting RX2e class) and rather rapid Swedish brothers Timmy and Kevin Hansen. No relation to Liverpool legend and ex-Match of the Day pundit Alan, apparently. In fact, their father is 14-time European Rallycross Champion Kenneth Hansen and their mother Susann Hansen (née Bergvall) won the 1994 1400 Cup in the same European Rallycross Championship. Good genes. 

Anyway, we’ve gone off track slightly there. No more talk of family trees, we promise. What do we reckon to the new cars, Internet? Will you be watching now that the World Rallycross Championship is all-electric?

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