Friday 13th of December 2019

In the lead up to Christmas across Europe, several drivers got an early treat this week and had the opportunity to test the first-ever Projekt E car in Austria.

Projekt E is the official electric development series to the FIA World Rallycross Championship that will join World RX at five rounds in 2020. The test was run over two days by Projekt E technical partner STARD at the Melk circuit, in wintery conditions.

World RX Supercar star Krisztian Szabo (Hungary) who raced an EKS Sport Audi S1 in 2019 was impressed. “The launch is incredible. Wow! It’s very impressive. You have to be so patient, or quite smooth, with the accelerator, because the power is just there immediately, other than that it was very enjoyable, it was very good to drive. You can feel the centre of gravity is quite low, and because of the weight it’s a bit harder to stop the car, but it’s good,” said Szabo.

On the first day, Szabo was also joined by German rally star Marijan Griebel, Norwegian Euro RX Super1600 driver Lars Christian Lote Rosland and Tom Ford from Discovery Channel/Motor Trend.

On day two, RX2 International Series drivers William Nilsson (above) and fellow-Swede Marcus Hoglund drove, together with former World RX driver ‘CsuCsu’ of Hungary and circuit racing star Marco Bonanomi, of Italy. 

“It was my first ever experience in rallycross, the first ever laps I had in this sport and I think this is maybe the best car you can experience all that,” said Griebel, who has combined driving in stage rallies in R2 and R5 cars in recent years.

“The Projekt E car is extremely quick, and also you can change a few torque settings when you’re driving, that’s very useful,” said Euro RX Super1600 driver Rosland.

The Projekt E race car was also in action at the famous Karowa downtown special stage on the streets of Warsaw with STARD's Manfred Stohl and Poland's Krzysztof Holowczyc at the wheel. 

Projekt E will make its debut at the World RX of Benelux at Spa-Francorchamps next May.

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