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Eriksson: Electric is perfect for rallycross

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Oliver Eriksson – who has spent the past few months refining the development of the FIA RX2e Championship car – says electric technology fits rallycross ‘like a glove’, as the mixed-surface discipline prepares to race into an exciting new era.

 

A joint project between electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, RX2e is the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship and will launch later this year on the undercard to the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

 

Eriksson – the younger brother of World RX race-winner Kevin Eriksson, who became a viral sensation with a spectacular ‘round the outside’ first corner move in Germany in 2016 – has a wealth of experience and titles in the sport from RX2, RallyX Nordic, RallyX on Ice and GRC. That means he understands more than most what it takes to produce a really good rallycross car – and in RX2e, the 22-year-old Swede clearly likes what he sees.

 

“The car is performing really well now in testing,” he explained. “We haven’t rushed things unnecessarily – we’ve taken the time to make a good product. Based upon the previous RX2 chassis, we had a strong starting point, but it’s not only about setting up the chassis – you need to make sure the electric motors react to what the chassis is doing, too.

 

 “The compromise [when transitioning] between surfaces is smaller in RX2e, because you can adapt the car more easily than with a combustion engine, and from the instant torque to all the parameters you can play with, it’s just brilliant – a lot of fun to drive. In my opinion, rallycross is the perfect match for electric cars. We can extract all the power we want, with no need for energy-saving. It fits like a glove.”

 

Those positive sentiments have been corroborated by other drivers that have tested the RX2e car in recent weeks, including Spanish duo Dani Clos and Pepe Arqué. Both admitted to being blown away by its lightning-quick acceleration, excellent balance and stability and cutting-edge on-board features.

 

“This car is fast!” enthused ex-Formula 1 test-driver and GP2 Series race-winner, Clos. “It’s got so much power, it’s really impressive. I’m happy to have had the chance to test it. I was curious and, I have to say, it’s awesome. It was so different to anything I’d ever driven before, from the torque to the suspension, the balance and even the look – everything was new for me, and I loved it!”

 

“It’s an amazing car – very well-balanced and easy to drive,” echoed rallycross and crosskart competitor, Arqué. “Within just a couple of laps, I felt confident to push to the limits – it felt like I’d been driving it for a long time. These cars will generate great racing while helping to look after our planet. It’s the right step to be taking. Electric is no longer the future – it’s the present.”

 

Andreas Mikkelsen got his first taste of the future of the FIA World Rallycross Championship recently when he was invited to try out the RX1e ‘mule’ car that will form the basis of the series’ headlining class from 2022 – with the Norwegian describing the experience as ‘just brutal’ and ‘on another level’.

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