Electric Opel Corsa rally car revealed
Opel has revealed images of the world’s first all-electric customer rally car, the Corsa-e Rally.
Based on the Vauxhall Corsa-e and using the same 134bhp, 260Nm electric motor and front-wheel-drive setup, the Opel Corsa-e Rally is differentiated by its Torsen front differential, rally-grade suspension and full roll cage.
The electric Corsa rally car is set to cost from £46,000 and is available from Opel Motorsport (the competition arm of Vauxhall's sister brand) for entry into next year’s Opel ADAC e-Rally Cup.
The roadgoing version of the Vauxhall Corsa-e manages a range of 205 miles from its 50kWh battery, so the rally car should easily manage a few flat-out circuits of a special stage.
Set to begin in 2020, the single-make cup will feature 15 Corsa-e Rally cars and will initially be part of the German Rally Championship. It replaces this year’s Opel Rally Cup, which featured a rally version of the now-defunct Adam hatchback.
The Opel ADAC e-Rally Cup will function as a platform for young drivers to get experience and feed into higher-level motorsport, including the European Junior Rally Championship.
Expect more details after the car makes its international debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.