MADS OSTBERG ENTERS PROJEKT E
Thursday 6th of August 2020
Citroen World Rally star Mads Ostberg to debut STARD-built Citroen C3 ERX at Holjes
-Citroen Racing works driver Ostberg to debut C3 ERX in Sweden
-WRC winner to race second model of car committed to ground-breaking Projekt E Series
-STARD’s REVelution electric powertrain system powers C3 ERX into Projekt E
Citroen Racing driver Mads Ostberg will debut the brand new STARD-built Citroen C3 ERX in the first round of the 2020 Projekt E Series – the leading FIA World Rallycross Championship support category and the first all-electric rallycross championship – at Holjes, Sweden on August 22nd – 23rd.
The C3 ERX has been developed by STARD in Austria, supported by Citroen Racing, based on a C3 R5 rolling bodyshell, making the car the world’s first available R5-based electric race car. The C3 ERX uses 80% of Citroen Racing’s R5 components, fitted with STARD’s REVelution electric powertrain system.
Official Citroen Racing driver Ostberg, the winner of Rally Portugal 2012, is experienced in competing with the C3 R5, and won the World Rally Championship’s official support category – WRC2 – in the first two rounds of the 2020 Championship in Monte Carlo and Sweden with the car. The Norwegian’s experience and success in rally has made him the perfect driver to work on the development of the C3 ERX, and to also give the car its debut in the Projekt E Series at Holjes, where he will race against American star Ken Block and other drivers on the legendary Varmland circuit.
Each car in the Projekt E Series uses STARD’s world-wide unique REVelution powertrain, with three electric motors producing 450kW (613bhp) combined power and 1002Nm of instantaneous torque and a top speed of 240km/h, using a four-wheel drive system and two-speed transmission fitted to both axles.
The C3 ERX customer racing programme was revealed by STARD and Citroen Racing just days ago, with cars ready to buy and parts to be available on the Citroen Racing Shop.
“It’s a really nice opportunity for me to take part in this project in Holjes. For sure everything will be brand new to me, the car, the track and I’ve never competed in rallycross before so I think it will be an amazing experience. To drive this car was so much fun already, it’s so powerful and so enjoyable. It will be really, really amazing to finally compete in rallycross. I’m loving to do it in the electric Citroen C3 ERX.”
Michael Sakowicz, STARD CEO and founder:
“Mads is one of the most talented drivers in the world of rallying, and he has been right at the front for many years now. He has a huge amount of experience working with manufacturer teams at a very high level and it has been very helpful to have his input and validation into our world-wide unique STARD Revelution powertrain as the Citroen Racing works driver that he is. He’s the perfect driver to race the C3 ERX on its debut in the Projekt E Series and his participation makes the line-up even stronger after Ken Block was announced to drive the Ford Fiesta ERX at the Holjes weekend yesterday.”Share this story on Facebook Share this story on Twitter