The past, present and future of Hansen World RX Team at the forefront of rallycross is being celebrated in 2023, with a stunning new livery adorning the Swedish squad’s brace of all-electric Peugeot 208 RX1e beasts that will do battle for glory in the FIA World Rallycross Championship over the coming months.
Recently confirmed as World RX’s first team to reach carbon-neutral status, Hansen Motorsport has achieved multiple titles at national and international level over its more than 30-year history, including four World Championship crowns since the series’ inception in 2014
Prior to that, a large proportion of the team’s success came through the 1990s and into the new millennium, and from 1993 to 2011, the Götene-based outfit was renowned for running a predominantly red livery on its cars, with Kenneth and Susann Hansen securing the major honours behind the wheel.
For 2023, in an effort to stand out from the crowd in the exhilarating new era of all-electric rallycross in World RX, Hansen Motorsport is acknowledging its rich history with a stunning new design.
Red features on the front, rear and sides of the cars of both 2019 World Champion Timmy Hansen and World RX event-winner Kevin Hansen, giving the pair of 208 RX1es a fresh new look from their recent predecessors.
“It’s really nice to be back with some red in the livery,” remarked Team Principal and 14-time European Champion, Kenneth Hansen. “It brings back the history and memories of some very good days for us at Hansen Motorsport, and will make a change on the grid colour-wise. I really think the cars look great.
“We had a lot of success with similar colours in the past, and everyone in the team has done huge work over the winter ahead of the new season to give us the best chance of standing on the top step of the podium once again.”
To distinguish between the two cars, white highlights on the front and rear signify the #21 machine of Timmy Hansen, with the #71 of Kevin Hansen maintaining the base red colour throughout.
The team has already conducted a shakedown in Sweden, and will this weekend participate in the official pre-season test in Portugal, before the opening round of the 2023 campaign takes place at the same Montalegre Circuit on 3-4 June.
“The car looks great this year, and on top of looking good it’s also feeling really good,” added Timmy Hansen. “We’re excited to get going and I think this is the year we can really challenge for the title. I’m hungry for more after second place last year, so hopefully we’ve closed the gap and will be up there fighting for the win in every round.”
“The new livery looks stunning,” echoed team-mate Kevin Hansen. “To come back to the red, which is such an important colour in our history as the winning colours of Kenneth and Susann, is just fantastic. I’m really happy to be racing with this colour for the first time in my career, and to première it in Portugal at a classic track where we have such great support is the perfect first location.”