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FIA ANNOUNCES DECISION TO DEFER ELECTRIC SWITCH TO 2022

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

The FIA has announced its decision to postpone the electrification implementation plan for 2021 by one year, due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision, which was approved today by a World Motor Sport Council e-vote, was taken in consultation with IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, as well as Kreisel Electric, the approved supplier of the electrification kit, and GCK Energy, the approved supplier of energy.

All parties remain committed to the original strategy built around independent teams that are currently competing in, or looking to enter the series, which was conceived with cost control at its core.
At this stage, plans for the new eRX Junior championship remain unaffected by this decision and works towards the electrification of this category will continue for 2021, with a complete car supply and championship organisation on an all-inclusive arrive and drive format.

FIA President Jean Todt said: “These are unprecedented times, during which the world must come to terms with a new reality. The same is true for motor sport, which must reconsider its contribution to society and adapt current operating models accordingly.

"With the FIA World Rallycross Championship, we were already some way along this pathway, with an imminent plan to make the switch to electric in order to create the most cost effective environment and to help demonstrate the rapidly developing performance capabilities of electric road cars in one of our championships. While the current challenges have made it necessary to defer the switch by one year to allow teams and manufacturers further time to adapt, the FIA remains committed to its objectives and to a new horizon for World RX.”

Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, said: “We support the FIA’s decision to delay the introduction of electric rallycross until 2022. While together with the FIA, teams and partners we are committed to an electric future for rallycross, we believe it is prudent to focus on health and well-being during these challenging and uncertain times.”

Philipp Kreisel, CEO of Kreisel Electric, commented: "Globally speaking, we are experiencing unprecedented times, and no one dare predict what the future will bring. Most importantly, we need to accept the present situation and protect lives.

“While this is happening, we need to prepare so that we can be ready when the relaunch button of the "system" is going to be pressed again. As we don't know when this will happen, we support the FIA's approach and the postponement of the first World RX electric racing season to 2022.

“As we have nearly completed the development of the electric race kit, and have put a lot of energy and passion into this project, it is disappointing that we won't be able to see the electrified World RX cars next year. Nevertheless, we are absolutely convinced that by remaining unified we can make the electrification of World RX a huge success when it does happen.”

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