VOLLAND RACING ENTERS PROJEKT E
Friday 31st of July 2020
German motorsport experts Volland Racing will graduate to the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s leading electric support series, Projekt E, as it evolves into the future and becomes the first German rallycross team officially committed to the series.
Owned and run by former successful rallycross driver and constructor Rolf Volland, the Volland Racing team is a multiple champion of the FIA European Rallycross Super1600 Championship, and has been the dominant force of the category in recent years with its very latest Audi A1s.
In 2021 the team will expand. In addition to its Super1600 programme, Volland’s team will also compete in Projekt E. Launched last year for the 2020 season, Projekt E is the world’s first electric rallycross category, created as a collaboration between World Rallycross promotor IMG and technical partner STARD, based in Austria.
The four-wheel-drive cars in Projekt E use STARD’s identical REVelution powertrain system, with three electric motors producing 450kW (613bhp) combined power and 1002Nm of instantaneous torque.
Volland Racing could potentially make it’s Projekt E debut in the final round of the 2020 season at the legendary Nurburging circuit in Germany, December 12-13, before it expands its Projekt E effort in 2021 and beyond.
Rolf Volland (Team Principal) and his view into the future:
“The future clearly belongs to the electric powertrains on the road, just like in racing, I’m absolutely convinced of that, and it’s just made for the fast, explosive short races in rallycross. In my opinion, it’s the only alternative for the future. As a designer and constructor, it’s important to accept this future, and to help shape it too. As a team manager and race instructor, it is also important to me to introduce young drivers – not only from my team - to this future as well. Projekt E is the best option for this. We might manage to run the first car already at the 2020 WRX Nürburgring this December before the 2021 full season. That would be amazing.”
Michael Sakowicz, STARD CEO and founder:
“We’ve been in close contact with Rolf since our official car presentation in Riga last year and he has followed the development carefully ever since. Everybody who knows him also knows he is not a person who rushes into anything, but always thinks his plans through very carefully. It will be a great option for drivers looking for a top level yet cost efficient proven arrive and drive package. Rolf’s team is one of the most experienced and successful teams in rallycross. Having Volland Racing enter Projekt E is a strong confirmation of the series and technical concept, which from day one was designed to offer customer motorsport companies an opportunity to run their own electric cars. It’s also great that this ensures a third brand for Projekt E.”
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