Competitions racing cars on electric, in principle, of exotic now not call, because for 5 years successfully conducted the championship in the class Formula E. Not far off, apparently, and the appearance of electroporation in the marathon "24 hours of Le Mans" and other races of endurance. And now with a light hand Opel brand opened and the first page in the history of rally competitions of electric cars.
For clarity, it should be recalled that in the rally discipline Opel since 2013 patronizes its own entry-level monoseries-Cup ADAC-which involves special versions of the compact Adam-R2, and compete in it young riders from 18 countries. Production of civilian versions of the Opel Adam is known to be completed, and in the ADAC Cup (which will be renamed, respectively, in the ADAC E-Rally Cup) its place in the 1920 season will take just the latest Opel Corsa-E Rally.
Its power structure consists of an electric motor with a capacity of 134 HP, capable of developing a torque of 260 Nm and powered by a 50-kilowatt battery – the same one that is equipped with a road version of this electric supermini. In addition, the rally Corsa-e received a differential increased friction Torsen.
Conventional Opel Corsa-e accelerates from the spot to 100 km / h in 8.1 seconds. On the dynamic capabilities of the rally version is not reported anything.
It is expected that the ADAC Cup in its new incarnation will start in the summer of 2020, with the first stages will be held in parallel to the races of the German rally championship and some other competitions. It is planned at least ten qualifying races, the results of which will form the composition of the participants for the so-called "super season" in 2021..
"Corsa-e is an electric car for everyone, completely suitable for everyday use, absolutely affordable and at the same time very dynamic and exciting to drive. All this equally applies to its Motorsport version. Using a production car as a basis, we became the first automaker in the world, which has developed an electric rally car,” said Opel CEO Michael Loiselle.
Opel has announced plans to build 15 Corsa-e rally cars for use in the 2020/2021 ADAC E-Rally Cup seasons. The price of each car is expected to be no more than 50,000 euros.