ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup with the electric Corsa-e
Opel announced a new premiere for the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show – an electric rally car based on the Corsa-e which will participate on the new ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup.
The car is fitted with an electric motor producing 100 kw (136 hp) and 260 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels through a Torsen differential, while the lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 50 kWh which will be more than enough for rally stages.
The unique suspension setting includes McPherson strut with uniball joints at the front. The braking system consists of ventilated discs (332mm at the front and 264mm at the rear), 4-piston calipers, adjustable rear hydraulic brake pressure, hydraulic “fly-off” handbrake and adapted brake management and recuperation.
Visually the car is distinguished by the black, silver and yellow racing livery, the 17″ black painted rally wheels with painted sidewalls, the redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes, the wider wheel arches (+ 5 mm), the raised ride height (+ 5 mm) and the slightly longer wheelbase of 2,540 mm (+2 mm compared to the production model).
The Corsa-e rally car also has an integrated roll-cage, underbody protection for engine and transmission, electric fire extinguisher, dry battery as well as quick-release fasteners for bonnet and tailgate. The ESP, traction control and ABS can be deactivated and inside there is a motorsport display.
“Using the production car as the basis, we are the first carmaker in the world to have developed an electric rally car” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.
Hermann Tomczyk, President ADAC Sport, added: “With the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup we are bringing electric drive for the first time to mainstream sport and especially to young-driver support.”
The first season of the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup will debut in summer 2020, during rounds of the German Rally Championship and other selected events. Opel is planning to have fifteen cars ready for the 2020/2021 season, which will cost significantly less than €50,000.