FIA RX2e Rallycross
Sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, RX2e is the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship and is set to electrify the international rallycross landscape when it joins the FIA World Rallycross Championship undercard in 2021.
The vision for the RX2e – a joint venture between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE – is to provide a pathway to the top of the sport for aspiring rallycross stars via an arrive-and-drive concept.
QEV boasts a long and successful history in the electric vehicle domain. Involved in Formula E from the outset, the company propelled Nelson Piquet Jnr to the title with NEXTEV TCR (now NIO) during the series’ inaugural season in 2014/15 before striking up a long-term operational partnership with Mahindra Racing.
Its many years of experience in racing – from Formula E to the FIA World Touring Car Championship and TCR – have yielded an impressive track record of success while simultaneously honing the company’s electro-mobility and R&D expertise.
OMSE, meanwhile, is a name synonymous with rallycross success. The 2014 World RX championship-winning team is one of the most decorated outfits in the discipline’s history, consistently excelling on both sides of the Atlantic.
A regular race-winner and podium-finisher in FIA World and European Rallycross competition, the team has also secured multiple championship titles in the United States and earned an astonishing 19 X Games medals, including podium sweeps at the world’s leading action sports contest (Los Angeles, 2011; Brazil, 2013).
RX2e will join the undercard to the high-profile FIA World Rallycross Championship at six major European events in 2021 – Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Hell in Norway, Höljes in Sweden, Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, Germany’s Nürburgring and Lohéac in France, with up to 20 competitors duelling it out for the honour of being crowned the discipline’s first electric champion.