Technical Partnership between AVL RACING and STARD (Stohl Advanced R&D) announced

STARD Ford Fiesta ERX on AVL HiL Powertrain DynoSTARD Ford Fiesta ERX on AVL HiL Dyno

Motorsport expert AVL RACING – part of AVL, the leading company in development, simulation, testing and manufacturing in the automotive sector – and the Austrian EV motorsport frontrunner STARD (part of Stohl Group GmbH) announced a technical partnership today.  The focus of this cooperation will be on the areas of simulation, development and testing of motorsport EV high-performance powertrain solutions and vehicles.

AVL Racing & STARD Cooperation Video

The companies have established a multi-year action plan to develop and build several tailor-made EV powertrain-specific software tools, testing solutions and dyno facility features together. All these areas will also incorporate Rallycross and rally-oriented solutions, such as a specific driving simulator cockpit for the state-of-the-art AVL Driving Simulator in Graz, to just name one example.

“We cannot think of any entity to be a more capable or better suited partner than AVL RACING to cooperate with on further improving our pioneering EV motorsport solutions and engineering. With the ERX™ (Electric Racing “X”) battery and electric powertrain system, which was developed and produced entirely in-house by STARD, the world´s first and most powerful turnkey package available on the market, we have set worldwide standards in user friendliness, safety, performance and affordability,” emphasizes Manfred Stohl, Stohl Group GmbH President.


STARD in-house developed & built FIA certified HV Battery System

STARD in-house developed & produced FIA certified HV Battery System

Michael Peinsitt, Department Manager Racing at AVL, adds:

“Since STARD is without doubt one of the true pioneers in the EV racing sector, they possess vast and unique know-how and experience in this area. Marrying these assets with our sophisticated simulation tools and engineering services will enable us to create winning solutions and products for our customers. This powerful cooperation is a perfect setting, in which to further push the boundaries, which is exactly what the DNA of both companies is all about.”



STARD Ford Fiesta ERX with 630 kW

STARD Ford Fiesta ERX with 630 kW

After a close project-related cooperation over many years, both companies will expand their partnership in several areas, from entire EV vehicle and powertrain simulation and development of new simulation tools for EV powertrain components to entire HiL (Hardware in the Loop) Dyno testing. With the so-called DiL (Driver in the Loop) testing of EV racing vehicles, a driver in the simulator is connected directly to the car on a testbed, allowing the driver to receive feedback without the need to take the car to the track, or even to build the hardware. This will also be part of the testing procedures at AVL. “The next step in our EV systems roadmap is to extend our advantage on the market, and AVL has the perfect tools together with the highest level of expertise readily available. We are very excited to take this close cooperation to the next level,” says Michael Sakowicz, STARD founder and CEO

The technical results will directly improve both companies’ service and product portfolio for motorsport EV high-performance powertrain solutions and vehicles.

“Electric race cars are already an important addition to motorsport. This trend will only strengthen in the future. We are seeing a big demand for electric powertrains and powerful battery technologies. With our new Battery Innovation Center in Graz, we are able to produce racing batteries on an extremely high level. Our goal is to play a key role here too, just as we already do in many other areas of motorsport,” says Ellen Lohr, Director Motorsport at AVL Racing.


STARD Citroen C3 ERX

STARD Citroen C3 ERX



AVL RACING is the global, expert motorsport division of AVL, working in all technical fields of the sport for more than 20 years. AVL RACING is currently involved with customers in 17 race series around the world, in the fields of engineering, testing, simulation and manufacturing. As a key supplier to teams in the world’s most respected racing series, from Formula 1 to NASCAR and Moto GP, we offer state-of-the-art technologies and services to the motorsport world. We believe in and utilize motorsports as the platform for innovation. We transfer this know-how into road car development for future generations of mobility. Follow us on Instagram,  Facebook and YouTube.


STARD (Stohl Advanced Research and Development, part of Stohl Group GmbH), founded by CEO Michael Sakowicz, is a specialist research and development company for high-performance automotive, motorsport and advanced technologies. STARD is intensively focusing on comprehensive EV powertrain system development for motorsport and high-performance applications, motorsport EV entire vehicle development and in-house developed high-performance battery systems. Today, STARD has become a worldwide frontrunner in high-quality all-electric motorsport and high-performance system development, providing service and components to major car manufacturers, aerospace projects and customer motorsport, including FIA certified EV race cars.

Recent EV world premieres by STARD EV racecars and powertrains

1st  EV S2000 Rallycar (2015); EV Rallycross Supercar (2019), EV Rally2 Car (2020)
1st  Works supported EV customer motorsport vehicles (Ford & Citroen Racing 2019,2020)
1st  FIA EV International series for road car based cars with motorsport powertrain (Projekt E 2020)
1st  EV Rally2 Competition Participation (2020)

The parent organisation Stohl Group GmbH was founded in 2002 by owner and former rally Gr.N world champion, WRC and WRX Driver Manfred Stohl and consists of 3 major independently operating business units:

– STARD (R&D for motorsport, automotive and beyond)
– Stohl Racing (turnkey motorsport team and service, motorsport & aftermarket wholesale)
– Stohl Apartments (Accommodation)

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