GCK Energy is responsible for charging, conducted via a number of portable 900kWh containers that will be replenished at the French firm’s base between events. The output of the WRX’s new electric motor is closely matched to the existing Supercar regulations, so the cars should be just as fast and fierce as now. And the heat race format of rallycross is ideal for an electric championship, because it allows ample time for charging. It should help to attract new sponsors and public interest, too.
There are risks, of course, and it will be a shame to lose the awesome sound of an on-song rallycross engine. But for a championship and a category that feels like it has untapped potential, it’s a bold move that could pay off.
And it’s a hugely significant move for motorsport more widely, because while there’s a growing number of electric championships (such as Formula E, Extreme E and Pure ETCR), all were created as EV categories. The WRX is the first FIA series to switch from ICE to EV power: there’s no hedging with hybrids or synthetic fuels here.
If the future really is to be electric, the WRX has given itself a useful head start. Now it needs to capitalise on its potential – at long last.
How it works: The Power Stage in WRC rallies