TARD is delighted to announce the world’s first road-car based electric motorsport customer programme aimed at delivering race-ready competition Ford Fiesta ERX onto the market with a bespoke fully-electric powertrain.
Based on the Ford Fiesta MK8 ST bodyshell and developed around the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s Projekt E category ERX regulations, STARD is leading the way with delivering the first customer car programme to the market for a road-car based model.
The Ford Fiesta ERX has been developed in-house by STARD in Austria, using knowledge gained from over 10 years of electric motorsport vehicle development. The Ford Fiesta ERX incorporates STARDs REVelution powertrain system, using three electric motors, producing 450kW (613bhp) combined power and 1002Nm of instantaneous torque with a top speed of 240km/h, using a four-wheel drive system and two-speed transmissions fitted to both axles.
This very first electric customer car programme – with the Ford Fiesta ERX built in accordance with the technical regulations for the Projekt E series that will sit within the World RX class structure from 2020 – is focused on achieving unprecedented affordability for a high performance EV race car, with a race-ready price far below that of current ICE [internal combustion engine] rallycross Supercars eligible for the FIA World Rallycross Championship, but with similar performance and significantly lower running costs.
A test version of the car was debuted in the hands of Manfred Stohl last weekend at a national event in Hungary, as the first electric car to be raced in rallycross, the Austrian rally legend making history by winning the event against strong opposition.
Race-ready Ford Fiesta ERXs are now available, priced at €374.000 and first examples have already been delivered to customers, such as experienced rallycross team Holten Motorsport in Norway.
Detailed technical specifications and further information is available by request, and will be released publicly in due course.
Manfred Stohl, Stohl Group President:
“At STARD we have been actively working on electric powertrain systems for motorsport since 2008. It feels great to finally start to reveal these revolutionary products to the public. At this stage I would also like to thank Ford for the forward-thinking support towards this project, which was an important element in this ground-breaking undertaking. The opportunity to race a Ford branded electric race car in the Projekt E series already from this year will certainly be of high value to many customers. I had the pleasure of driving one of our test cars on its competition debut last weekend at Kakucs and it was fantastic to make history and take the powertrain concepts first victory.”
Mark Rushbrook, Global Director Ford Performance Motorsports:
“We are happy to support STARD with this project and it will be exciting to see how this develops going forward. We wish the project all the very best for the forthcoming season and we will be watching with interest as STARD built Fiesta ERX go racing.”
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Michael Sakowicz, STARD CEO and founder:
“I believe this is the start of a new era for customer and private motorsport. The primary target of the STARD Ford Fiesta ERX is of course to be raced in Projekt E, the leading electric support category to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, but also in other environments. The car has undergone all FIA safety checks, particularly for the HV systems which makes this the first motorsport EV powertrain equipped race car package to complete FIA checks since Formula E. Therefore the possibilities to race with the car are pretty much unlimited. This includes national rallycross, hill climbs, city races and more.
The extraordinary powertrain performance and immense driving pleasure was a key target in the development of the Ford Fiesta ERX, with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 1.8 seconds and highly positive comments from every single one of the over 30 independent professional race drivers that have been involved in the test and development phase of the concept since September 2019. Having a global manufacturers support, further indicates to us that we have taken right choices during development of the concept.
We can´t wait to see the cars competing on track from this August onwards in Projekt E. It’s an important step for STARD and I dedicate this reveal to every single one of our passionate employees, as every single one of them contributed to this achievement. But, even better is that we’re just getting started and there is a lot more to come over the next few weeks from STARD.”
STARD (Stohl Advanced Research and Development and part of Stohl Group GmbH), CEO & founder Michael Sakowicz, is a research and development specialist company active in advanced motorsport, racing and high performance technology.
Stohl Group GmbH was founded and is owned by former Gr.N rally world champion, WRC and WRX Driver Manfred Stohl and consisting of 3 major independently operating business departments:
– STARD (R&D for motorsport, automotive and beyond),
– Stohl Racing (technical and logistic motorsport service, aftermarket),
– Stohl Apartments (Accommodation)
STARD is focussing on entire vehicle and subsystem development and, together with Stohl Group´s other departments, covers the process chain, from first concept, design, prototype build up, up to small series vehicle production entirely in house.
Stohl Racing additionally offers worldwide top level race service, including the service of STARD in-house developed racing vehicles.
Since 2012 STARD is focusing on R&D of EV powertrain systems and has taken a pioneering role in EV technology in road car bodyshell based motorsport categories like rally and rallycross by introduction of the world´s first all-electric Rally/Rallycross development car “HIPER MK1, and from 2020 being exclusively responsible for all technical aspects of the projektE series, the first international all electric rallycross series worldwide.
STARD is further competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship with in house developed Ford Fiesta based Supercars since 2015.