The VW's head of technology Frank Welsch reported that the next rally vehicle will be 100% electric.
4/7/16 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
Volkswagen is working under all-new electric rallycross supercar.
As the German firm's head of technology Frank Welsch explained,all-electric rally vehicle would be perfect for these types of event.
The company has plenty of advances in electric car technology and rallycross championship would be the perfect place to showcase them.
Here is what Frank said on that:
"The races are around six minutes long, which allows for short, intense bursts of competition and then charging.”
Already in the game
Volkswagen already competes in Red Bull Global Rallycross with factory Beetle GRCs and in FIA World Rallycross with Polo RXs. Both cars squeeze around 560 HP out of their tiny engines and reach 62 mph (100km/h) in just 2 seconds.
“Today these cars are super-powerful, have torque from hell and use all-wheel drive,” said Welsch.
“Electric drivetrains could deliver that.”
Welsch went on to say that “If the championship moved that way it would be perfect for us."
Well, no doubt it would be better for the company and for our environment, but it seems that other automakers are more conservative about that.
the vast majority of them still use gas-powered rallycross vehicle and don't intend to give up using them.
So, don't expect any significant changes -- it will take at least two years for automakers to quit using gasoline-powered engines.
Anyway, the most important thing is to begin.
The other things will come with time.
So, let's wish VW good luck in their uneasy fight with conservatism and wait 100% electric rally car from them.