ROC adds electric RX2e car to new 2022 Sweden event

The Race of Champions has announced its first competition vehicles for ROC Sweden, taking the covers off the all-electric RX2e rallycross car and an updated Supercar Lites car powered by fossil-free fuel.

Developed by QEV Technologies and Olsbergs MSE, the RX2e car will be part of the new-for-2021 FIA RX2e Championship, which will join six FIA World Rallycross Championship rounds.

The cars will also be part of ROC's first-ever edition on snow and ice, which is set to take place in early 2022 in Pite Havsbad, Sweden.

Powered by two electric motors, which generate 335bhp and up to 510 Nm torque connected to a 30kWh battery, the RX2e car accelerates from 0-100km/h in less than 3.3 seconds.

That allows the car to bridge the performance gap between the current Supercars and Supercar Lites.

"From what we have seen during the first tests, this brand-new electric rallycross car has very impressive overall performance," said ROC President Fredrik Johnsson.

"I'm confident that the many star drivers will love pushing the RX2e to its limits as they compete head-to-head to prove that they are the fastest at the first Race of Champions on Snow & Ice."

After testing the RX2e on ROC Sweden's layout, drawn on the ice of the frozen Baltic Sea, Olsbergs MSE driver Kevin Eriksson praised the driveability of the new car.

"In a Supercar, although you have a lot of power, you can find yourself in the wrong gear sometimes or the revs might be too low which causes a slight delay," Eriksson explained. "In this car, the torque and power are always right there."

RX2e electric rallycross car in Race Of Champions livery

RX2e electric rallycross car in Race Of Champions livery

Photo by: Race of Champions

In addition to the RX2e, an updated version of the Supercar Lites car will now be powered by a 105 octane fossil-free fuel, developed by Olsbergs MSE and P1 Performance Fuels.

The updated powerplant takes the Supercar Lites from 0-100km/h in 3.85-4.10 seconds depending on grip levels.

The move to electric and sustainable energy forms an integral part of ROC's new format.

"We have changed the formula before and it was time to innovate the format once again." Johnsson added.

"As a key commitment for this next era, ROC's race equipment along with all event operations are striving for excellence in sustainability.

"The areas of focus include carbon reduction; waste management; and full community engagement with gender equality being paramount."

ROC already announced Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen and triple World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson will team up again for Team Nordic after clinching the ROC Nations Cup trophy at ROC Mexico.

WRX and WRC champion Petter Solberg and rally prodigy Oliver Solberg will form a father-and-son duo for Team Norway, with many more stars from motorsports yet to be announced.

The organisers are planning for spectators to attend the event in early 2022 but have a contingency plan in place to comply with any potential COVID restrictions.

shares
comments
Autosport International Connect virtual show starts next week

Previous article

Autosport International Connect virtual show starts next week

Next article

Motorsport Network and Difuzed launch joint venture for merchandising and licensing business

Motorsport Network and Difuzed launch joint venture for merchandising and licensing business
Load comments

About this article

Series General
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020
Engineer's view: Motorsport's revolutionary braking tool Plus

Engineer's view: Motorsport's revolutionary braking tool

Although brake pressure and temperature logging is commonplace, measuring and understanding braking performance hasn't been so straightforward. But that's about to change following the introduction of a groundbreaking new sensor

General
Oct 1, 2020
The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise Plus

The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise

The Renault F1 team is at the vanguard of innovative solutions pushing development of the V6 turbo hybrid engine rules, embracing the full potential of material science in its bid to get back to the top

General
Sep 29, 2020