Worldwide first ever all electric rallycross race took place at World RX of Sweden

Ken Block first winner in STARD Ford Fiesta ERX

Projekt E powertrain developed by STARD has proven it´s reliability yet again in tough conditions

Ken Block leading the pack

Electric motorsport pioneers STARD made history at the world famous Holjes rallycross circuit in Sweden, delivering on its promise of designing, developing and supplying the unique technology to power the brand-new electric customer cars in the Projekt E series, a support category to the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Not only was STARD’s REVelution powertrain fitted to all of the cars in Projekt E’s first ever event, but the three Ford Fiesta ERXs on the podium, led by the winner, American legend Ken Block, were also all built in STARD’s Austrian workshops.

Following almost 10 years research and development, led by STARD CEO Michael Sakowicz and World Rally Championship star Manfred Stohl, the Swedish debut for the REVelution powertrain in an FIA sanctioned series means Projekt E joins Formula E and it’s support classes as the only top electric motorsport series in the world.

The world unique high-class customer-available electric race cars in Projekt E use 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 transmission fitted to both axles.

Ken Block ready to race in STARD Ford Fiesta ERX

The next round of Projekt E will take place together with the Latvian round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Riga – September 19-20 – one year after the concept was officially launched in the Baltic country.

In Latvia, the new Citroen-supported Citroen C3 ERX will make its debut. It was unable to participate in its planned debut in Sweden together with star driver Mads Ostberg because of the global Coronavirus pandemic and it´s effect on the project.

Michael Sakowicz, STARD CEO and founder:
“What a truly amazing weekend, after many years of working so many very long days to develop this concept in-house in Austria, it was incredible and emotional to witness the racing this weekend. It was brilliant to run the REVelution powertrains on one of the world’s most challenging rallycross circuits, with three very different but great drivers and deliver the first taste of top class international electric motorsport in rallycross. Our powertrain and cars are being raced in an environment as rough and fast as no other electric racecar has ever done before. We are so proud of the performance and reliability we have seen this weekend, which was flawless apart from minor rallycross-typical damages like a broken driveshaft. Charging supplied by the grid without any generators, temperature management of the powertrain and service on woork around the cars, all worked entirely perfect. The hard work doesn’t stop though and we will raise the level even more for the second Projekt E race in Latvia next month.”

Ken Block, Projekt E Round 1, Sweden, Winner:
“It was a great weekend at one of the best racing facilities and rallycross tracks in the world. The Ford Fiesta ERX performed exceptionally well, the STARD team did a great job preparing the car and adjusting it over the weekend to fit my driving style. By the end I had a setup that was comfortable for me, and I was able to race fairly quickly around this track. It was a lot of fun, there was a lot of competition and it’s been great for me to be at the forefront of this electric racing, and to be in the first race at this level in an electric car. Big thanks to STARD, to Ford and also to World Rallycross for putting on a great event.”

Natalie Barratt, Projekt E Round 1, Sweden, Second:
“It was a huge learning curve for me this weekend, but it was a great feeling to be back in a car after a long time out. It was a different experience and something quite new to me. The weight distribution and the way the Fiesta ERX drives is quite different to anything I’ve done before. I believe electric cars have a massive place in motorsport and a massive place in society. Projekt E is so forward thinking and on trend for what everybody should be looking to do.”

Hermann Neubauer, Projekt E Round 1, Sweden, Third:
“Unfortunately it was bad luck for me in the final with a broken driveshaft but it was great fun all weekend and very enjoyable. The car is easy to drive, for sure there is a little room for improvement but everybody can drive this car and it’s a lot of fun. The competition between the other guys was not easy, I enjoyed it a lot and after the first taste I am eager to do more projekt E electric Rallycross racing in the future.”

 

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About 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.

STARD Homepage: www.stard.at
STARD Contact: office@stohl-group.com
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