It is an interesting thought: what to call the “petrol-heads” among us as EVs take on the leading edges of motorsport?
Formula E is developing in leaps and bounds, at the world-famous Pikes Peake hill climb course VW’s ID.R recently smashed the course record, and now rallying is set to see an influx of electric racing!
Yes, that’s right: EVs are now escaping the bounds of the formal motorsports track to take on rallying, with the announcement by Opel in the UK that they will produce a rally competition version of their upcoming Corsa-e passenger car.
The Corsa-e Rally cars are being built to support a new e-Rally competition named the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup. (As a successor to a previous ICE vehicle based version).
The car and competition are designed to offer an entry point to rallying for young drivers from all around the world. Set to begin in mid-2020, 15 of the Corsa-e Rally cars are to be built for the race series.
The vehicle will be made available through Opel Motorsport at a cost just under £46,000 (AU$83,000), and is to be formally revealed at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in mid-September.
For the petrol, er.., performance-heads: Corsa-e Rally technical info below:
Opel Corsa-e Rally Technical Data
|Power:||100 kW (136 hp)|
|Battery:||Lithium-ion, 50 kWh|
|Transmission:||Front-wheel drive with Torsen differential|
McPherson strut with uniball joints front
|Wheels:||7 x 17; ET20|
|Steering:||Electric power steering|
|Brakes:||4-piston brake calipers
Interior ventilated 332×28-mm front discs, 264×12-mm rear discs
Hydraulic brake pressure adjustable at rear, especially adapted for recuperation
Adapted brake management and recuperation
Hydraulic “fly-off” handbrake
|Chassis:||Lightweight body-in-white with integrated roll-cage
Underbody protection for engine and transmission
Electric fire extinguisher, dry battery (standard in engine compartment)
Quick-release fasteners for bonnet and tailgate
|Electrical system:||ESP, traction control (TC) and ABS deactivated
Motorsport display with data-logger
Newly developed high-voltage (HV) safety warning system
Optional: Tripmaster & additional lighting
|Dimensions:||Length: 4,060 mm
Width: 1,770 mm (5.0 mm wider than production)
Height: 1,440 mm (5.0 mm higher than production
Wheelbase: 2,540 mm (2.0 mm longer than production)
|Weight:||Approx. 1,400 kg|