It’s in my DNA

2004 Pirelli British Rally Championship Rally of Wales Natalie Barratt World Copyright:Jakob Ebrey/LAT Photographic

It’s in my DNA

Projekt E boss says Natalie has driving skills that you just don’t lose

Natalie Barratt was one of the best female rally drivers there has ever been and is now a huge assist to the new all-electric Projekt E rallycross series – and that’s the view of a man who should know.

The person heaping praise on Natalie is non-other than the president of Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD), Manfred Stohl, who is the brainchild behind the design, development and build of the exciting Projekt E concept.

Manfred previously built and ran rally cars for Natalie in the FIA World Rally Championship – and he was extremely impressed with her never-give-up attitude and all-terrain driving ability.

But in rally cross it is easier to find the limits, because you are on a short course and all a driver really needs to do is concentrate on the driving. After some tests and one or two races Natalie for sure will be back and very competitive!

She has driving skills that you don’t lose. May father says that you never forget how to ride a bicycle – and for sure this is the same.

After some tests and one or two races Natalie for sure will be back and very competitive!

Manfred Stohl 2020

It’s just over a decade since Natalie last contested a round of the FIA World Rally Championship, but Manfred believes that she will have no difficulty becoming competitive in Projekt E racing – despite this being her first taste of rally cross.

I my opinion, Natalie was one of the best female rally drivers there has ever been,” says Manfred Stohl

Manfred Stohl

“Now, having a female driver like Natalie compete in Projekt E will bring an enormous amount of attention to the all-electric rallycross series, and we are very pleased to have her on board.

Natalie Barratt rally cross driver electric Projekt E Electric Revolution Stard

The opening round of the Projekt E series – which will see a line-up of all-electric cars accelerate away from the start line faster than a Formula 1 grid and race at speeds approaching 150mph (240km/h) – will take place at FIA World Rally cross Championship meeting at Höljes in Sweden on 20 August.

Paul Evans – Director at Fablass Ltd

Motorsport journalist at Motoring News (1987-1994)

Paul joined Knightsbridge-based automotive PR agency Avenue Communications in 1994 – working with Mobil 1, before becoming Ford WRC Team Media Manager.


British Rally driver Natalie Barratt has returned to the world of motorsport this year with Projekt Electric. Natalie has got back behind the wheel, and she is fully charged. "Its electric and its mind blowing fast, what more could you ask for?" Natalie will be competing in ‘Projekt E’ series which is the leading electric support series to the FIA World Rallycross Championship. She drives the world 1st Electric Rallyx car. In its inaugurate season, the 4 rounds are all in Europe. "It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m hugely grateful to be part of it’’ ‘‘To date I can’t confirm If I will manage to compete in all 4 rounds, as the budget isn’t complete yet, but I’m working hard on the case’’ ‘’At the moment I am concentrating on getting the rest of the budget in and getting physically prepared – it’s been a long time since I sat in a car, and it’s a monster off the line, amazing to drive ‘’

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