The FIA RX2e Championship car earned praise from some of the world’s best drivers during the innovative Superteam Challenge at Höljes last weekend, with a stellar line-up of rallycross elite getting behind the wheel of the innovative machine for the very first time.
The demonstration competition saw nine of the best off-road talents team up to race three of the cars that will be used in the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship next year.
Johan Kristoffersson, Timmy Hansen and Sebastian Eriksson emerged as the victorious team after six frenetic heats, getting the better of Andreas Bakkerud, Kevin Eriksson and Anton Marklund in one car and Kevin Hansen, Oliver Eriksson and two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm in the other.
The Superteam Challenge, which was slotted into the RallyX Nordic Round 3 and Round 4 schedules at Höljes, proved a huge hit in the paddock as the RX2e cars were pushed to the limit in a racing situation for the first time.
The innovative event also provided extra entertainment with drivers acting as spotters for their illustrious team-mates as they got to grips with the pioneering technology.
The RX2e cars, which generate 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque, subsequently underwent a rigorous testing programme on Monday with Pepe Arque and Pablo Suárez sharing the driving duties with Supercar Lites competitors Nils Andersson and Linus Östlund.
FIA World Rallycross Championship frontrunner Andreas Bakkerud, who made history at Höljes by reaching a RallyX Nordic Supercar final in an electric car for the first time ever, is excited about the direction rallycross is heading and was positive about his first run in the RX2e machinery.