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WINNER – ProjektE RallyCross Champion

Natalie Barratt becomes the world’s first all-electric Projekt E rallycross champion

Natalie Barratt has been crowned the inaugural Projekt E International Series champion.

Having finished on the podium at the opening round in Sweden, the 45-year old Cumbria-based driver took the lead of the series after another strong points-scoring finish in Latvia.

Driving a Ford Fiesta ERX – run by the multiple Polish rally championship winning Rallytechnology team and supported by Trashstock and Tien – Natalie was due to contest the final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship support series in Germany (12-13 December). But when that race meeting was cancelled, Natalie was confirmed as Projekt E champion.

Natalie wins the Projekt E title in her first season in rallycross and, having previously contested 44 rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship, on her return to motorsport competition after a 13 year break.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Projekt E launched as planned this year, with drivers battling for honours in 613bhp four-wheel drive cars designed, developed and built by Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD).

Powered by three electric motors producing 1002Nm of instant torque, the cars can accelerate from 0-60mph (0-96.5km/h) in 1.8 seconds- which is faster than a Formula 1 car – and reach a top speed of 150mph (240km/h).

“I’m very proud and delighted to become the inaugural Projekt E champion,” said Natalie.

“Although coronavirus travel restrictions made it a much shorter championship than anticipated, the two race meetings in Sweden and Latvia were ground-breaking events, and it was an honour to race in the world’s first all-electric rallycross series.

“I’m passionate about both the environment and motorsport, so it needed something very special to tempt me back into competition after a thirteen year break – and Projekt E was it.

“I have to say a massive thank you to everyone – including Ford, Rallytechnology, Trashstock and Tien – who have helped me this year, and in particular STARD. It has done a fantastic job to develop the Projekt E formula and they are always striving for innovation. Without them and their support, none of this would have been possible.

“The automotive industry is accelerating ever faster towards a greener future, and the technology developed in motorsport will once again play a vital role in the cars we’ll soon see on the roads. I’m very proud to be a part of that pioneering motorsports history.

“It was great to race against the likes of Ken Block, Cyril Raymond and Janis Baumanis, and my only disappointment is that I won’t get the chance to race against Marcus Grönholm in Germany. Maybe next year!

“I’m also extremely proud to have won this title on behalf of all women in motorsport. It would have been very difficult for a woman to contest a high-profile series like this twenty years ago, so it’s another indication of how things have changed for the better in recent years.

“I’m a little in shock, I won’t lie! It’s a surprise to become Projekt E champion and it’s been a very strange and challenging return to motorsport, with many new experiences and challenges – the biggest of which was throwing myself in at the deep end, especially at my age!”

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So….. I’m leading the championship!

First, I just want to see what a fantastic weekend and a great atmosphere at Stard. There were 4 of us this weekend and 2 battles, it was great to go bumper to bumper with Holten.

I’m still getting use to Rallycross and that’s evident at times but all in all the times are improving massively and this is only my second event. I’m feeling very very positive for the future and so are the team.

The new Trashstock livery

It’s amazing to think that these electric cars are nearly as fast as the Petrol 650bhp World Rally Cross Cars, minus the noise and pollution. This is what I’m most proud to be part of. Hugely thankfull to the team and Manfred Stohl.

Grip Trained!

I’ve never driven or raced on a rally ‘cross track’. Then, to be racing at Holjes Sweden – it was certainly not how it looks on TV. From the driving seat its wildly different! It is a totally different discipline to what I have been used to and what I trained for many years to do. I could compare it between boxing and UFC.

That was my first hurdle. Learning and understanding the track was the first priority. Secondly, my seat position. I have to be confident and because I was finding the position uncomfortable in my test laps some changes were required. I am 5ft 2.5inches. The .5 is very important! The mechanics had to build a box on my footplate so that I had that adequate control over the pedals. I need to brake with the ball of my foot and not my toes and so some mini-engineering was needed so that I could drive this beast! More importantly I needed better throttle control!

What I had to get my head around was the throttle. I say this because it is not just the power in an electric car, which is a lot. It is how to deliver that power. I was being told by the team that my right foot was too aggressive, eager me just wanting to blast off, anyway, I blamed my seating position for that. This was soon rectified!

So, my jump start was not my finest moment, again my determination to get a flying start from the grid did highlight another problem. Smaller people tend to have smaller hands and of course a smaller thumb reach. In order to activate launch control you have to have the car in First Gear and then Race mode then you have to press and hold the launch button with your thumb whilst holding the car on the handbrake. Launch control is then engaged.

Once the ‘ready to race’ lights come on then you have to apply a 75-100% throttle of course this is weather dependant. Once the ‘green lights’ come one, you release the handbrake and the launch control button pretty much simultaneously! The problem for me was on releasing this button and the handbrake at the same time whilst the equivalent of 600bhp was delivered. I could only hold the wheel with my left 3 fingertips and therefore opted to use a manual start. This effectively meant that I lost time off the grid.

I’ve been increasing the strength in my hands dramatically ready for the next race.

#griptraining

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…..Shhhhhh!!

Only EV racing drivers will understand this most ‘un-natural’ feeling of sitting, poised on the start line, in a deathly quiet race car….. hands and feet …. at the ready!

Natalie Barratt, Sweden 2020, “You could literally hear a pin drop!”

There are no REVS, no anti-lag, no popping & banging, literally no engine noise………….. whatsoever!   This feeling is really quite extraordinary.

The whole weekend was eerily quite. From the moment I arrived at the track to the moment I left.  Mentally it was a strange one.   Your TV’s at home surrounded by the noise of family and then the commentary you hear quite possibly makes up for the lack of bums on seats. Hearing no cheers, fireworks, no tannoys, was a very strange and different experience. Yes, our masks were on, social distances kept and as little face 2 face interaction as possible as a team., and not a smile in sight , all hided behind out masks. The biggest and saddest part for me was that there were literally no spectators, WHATSOEVER!  

When we drivers say we miss the fans, it’s so true. We really do miss you, your energy and hype, encouragement and atmosphere.

But silence offers a future to Motorsport, our EV cars are fast , and pretty much silent – maybe one day we could do street racing in them , like Formula E !! Just an idea ( but a good one I think !!!) bring the action to the people.

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Historic debuts – Projekt E Series Q3, Q4 & Final

Well, you have now witnessed an Historic Event! PROJEKT E Debut Series.

It’s been a weekend of firsts for me …

  1. First time race in Rallycross
  2. First time competing in a Ford
  3. First time racing an Electric Car
  4. First time with a Spotter
  5. First time to jump a start 🙈/ let’s hope the last (Q3)
  6. Let’s see what the FIRST FiNAL brings………

The First Projekt E winner, Ken Block

1st Ken Block
2nd Natalie Barratt
3rd Hermann Neubauer

To watch the Final and highlights of Qualifiers click here at 1hr 22mins onwards.

Watch Projekt E from 1hr 22mins onwards to see highlights and the final.

Q1 & Q2 HUGE day for me and EV motorsport

Have you ever thought “I must be nuts”? Well, that’s what was going through my head this morning. I did the maths.

I last did a rally in 2007 and my last time on a race track was 2003/4.

Q1 Sweden Natalie Barratt 2020 Projekt E Series / Stard / Ford

So, I made a few rookie errors (or maybe they were Mummy errors) I totally stuffed up the start. I actually thought the guys had done a jump start – No….. I had forgot the light sequence.

Natalie Barratt overtakes Ken Block off the start as he spins – Sweden Projekt E

Boy…. I got in trouble for that and I don’t think I’ll live it down…. Lesson learned!

Each qualifying session was an improvement for me and also an improvement on the car set up. It requires a different driving styles and set up due to its weight, and where the batteries sit affects the cars handling.

Q2. Natalie Barratt EV Projekt E Series Rally Cross – Stard / Ford

I’m looking forward to tomorrow. It will be the first ERX final with myself, Ken Block and 2 time Austrian rally champion Hermann Neubauer.

Soon, very soon the grid will be much bigger, this is the start of things to come and I’m so stoked to be part of history !!!!

Bring on the final….

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Natalie set for all-electric Projekt E rallycross Motorsport comeback

By, Nicky Grist Motor Sport News 21st August 2020

Exactly 13 years and two months after her last motorsport outing, former FIA World Rally Championship star Natalie Barratt is making a dramatic return to competition this weekend – driving in the new all-electric Projekt E Rallycross series at Höljes in Sweden.

Nicky Grist Motor Sport

Natalie, who wears a Stilo ST5 FN 8860 helmet, has always been a self-confessed petrol head, contesting 44 rounds of the WRC in cars like a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and Hyundai Accent World Rally Car, and racing in the SEAT Cupra Championship.

But, she has also become passionate about battling global warming and climate change and wants to use her knowledge and experience of motorsport to help promote greener electric vehicle technology.

She also loves driving fast cars – and the Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) designed Projekt E car that Natalie will race this year is one of the quickest machines in world motorsport.

Powered by three electric motors, the four-wheel drive, 613bhp Projekt E car has a REVelution powertrain system and, with 1002Nm of instantaneous torque, can accelerate from 0-60mph faster than a Formula 1 car and reach a top speed of 150mph (240km/h).

Following in the wheel tracks of drivers like François Delecour, Hayden Paddon, Janis Baumanis, Jani Paasonen, Tiff Needell and the car’s designer Manfred Stohl, Natalie became the first female to drive the Projekt E car when she tested it in Austria last month – and she will be the first lady to race it too!

Natalie set for all-electric Projekt E rallycross motorsport comeback

Natalie’s all-electric racer, which is based on a Ford Fiesta, will be run by the multiple Polish rally championship winning team, Rallytechnology.

Projekt E – which is a support race series to the FIA World RX Championship – has attracted a star-studded field, with former works WRC driver Mads Østberg and extreme sports and Gymkhana YouTube sensation Ken Block also lining up on the grid.

But Natalie has always faced her challenges head-on – like having a successful rally career despite her dyslexia and controlling her coeliac disease, meaning that she will have to take her own gluten free food to events – and her approach to this new all-electric challenge is no exception.

And Natalie has been training hard for her latest dare – including wild swimming and marathon cycle rides on her Orbea Gain F40 electric hybrid bicycle, all in the stunning setting of her Lake District home.

But now it’s almost time to race, and encouraged by her two biggest fans, daughter Frances and son Magnus, Natalie can’t wait to put her crash helmet and race suit back on and return to what she does best – driving flat-out!

“It is no hidden fact that I have missed motorsport and competitive driving, but the reality of getting back in a car was never going to be easy until this opportunity came along,” says Natalie.

“I have always loved the outdoors, but as I have become slightly older and wiser I had an ethical dilemma – I love cars, I love driving, but is motorsport the right thing to do? I have children, so I am more conscious that ever before of the changes in the world’s climate that will undoubtedly affect their future.

But I also believe that motorsport can play a big part in developing greener vehicle technology, and Projekt E is the perfect solution – both in promoting electric cars and enjoying the thrill of competing at the same time. The way I can describe it, without getting political, is Projekt E is like eating guilt-free chocolate, with only positive and healthy consequences, every day!

“The opening round in Höljes is very close now, and the closer it gets the more the enormity of the challenge sinks in – which is amplified by the driving talent on the grid.

“It’s going to be a big learning curve, but I’m very much a glass half full kind of person, and I hope that in the midst of this awful Covod-19 pandemic people can tune in and watch us race. It won’t be the same without spectators at the track, but I think the electric cars will be fantastic to watch on television, because the cars are all identical, they are all as equally as fast as each other and we as drivers are all excited to show the world what electric power is all about.

“To drive a Projekt E car, with instant power and so much acceleration, is mind blowing.

“Some people don’t like change, but I love it and I’m excited. In fact, I’m super excited about this one!

“When you have children, I think you look at the world slightly differently. I don’t mean I’ll be taking my foot off the throttle pedal – I want to help show the world that electric is coming and don’t be afraid of it. It is great.”

And like many of her fans, Manfred Stohl – the president STARD, who ran a number of cars for Natalie in the WRC – is delighted to see her return to international competition.

“In my opinion, Natalie was one of the best female rally drivers there has ever been,” adds Manfred.

“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.”

Because of coronavirus restrictions, only a very small number of team personnel will be allowed at the opening race in Sweden. Natalie has therefore chosen her spotter wisely, with Finnish rally star Kristian Sohlberg assisting her on the pit to car radio during races.

Fans around the world can watch the racing live on youtube.com/c/FIAWorldRX

Fans in the UK can also watch at action on television:
Saturday: BT Sport 1 HD 14.00-16.00
Sunday: BT Sport 2 HD 14.00-16.00

FIA World RX Rallycross Championship, Projekt E, Natalie Barratt, Ken Block, Ford Fiesta, Sweden

Saturday 22nd August 2020

Q1 – Saturday 11.50am

Q2 – Saturday 16.00

Sunday 23rd August 2020

WARM-UP – 9am

Q3 – Sunday 09.50am

Q4 – Sunday 11.15am

FINAL – Sunday 16.00

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Weekend timing and where you can watch

So , I’ve cut and pasted the info so I don’t get this wrong …

You can watch live-streaming both Saturday and Sunday, live tv in some countries ie freeview in the UK

Either on Facebook-

http://www.facebook.com/fiaworldrallycross

Or on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/RallycrossRXTV

Always the best place to go to is http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com for live timings, results and latest news

Testing testing 1,2,3….


Test day has arrived and this morning ‘I feel the need, the need for Speed’, yep I’m having a Top Gun moment / on my way to Miriamar, Top Gun music this morning ….. the bit where Tom Cruise is racing his bike along the fence on his way to training school.

I always wanted a bike but I made my Mum a promise that I would never get one. The pain is real and I do regret that promise !!


That’s right ICE MAN, I am DANGEROUS!! Well I’m not dangerous but just incredibly nervous and EXCITED a coiled spring , springs to mind.


So 3 out of 4 of us so far have tested the cars. Ken Block hasn’t yet… but as someone said to me last week, his car control is phenomenal. I like to use the word gifted, I always remember his drive through London and under Whitehall, not sure how anyone lives up to that !!

On a serious note , busy and important day learning my lines , high curbs and blind crests …..

Enjoy the EV journey everyone.
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Test day has arrived and this morning ‘I feel the need, the need for Speed’, yep i’m having a Top Gun moment / on my way to Miriamar, Top Gun music this morning ….. the bit where Tom Cruise is racing his bike along the fence on his way to training school.

I always wanted a bike but I made my Mum a promise that I would never get one. The pain is real and I do regret this !!.
That’s right ICE MAN, I am DANGEROUS! Well i’m not dangerous but just incredibly nervous and EXCITED a coiled spring , springs to mind.
So 3 out of 4 of us so far have tested the cars. Ken Block hasn’t yet… but as someone said to me last week, his car control is phenomenal. I like to use the word gifted I always remember his drive through London and under Whitehall, not sure how anyone lives up to that !!
Saturday morning I think it will be a Rocky moment, I bet no one will want to car share with me to the circuit ….. “taxi?”

Enjoy my EV journey everyone.


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Pants on Fire!!

You may not know this but some drivers have lucky underwear and they often form part of a routine. Being prepared the night before a race day is, for me, the most important part of getting to sleep !!!. Yet, last week I had a nightmare. I had turned up in Sweden without my fireproof underwear – and its hardly the thing you want to ask someone “excuse me, have you got spare underwear I can borrow?”

…..there is a saying, if your names not down you’re not getting in, we’ll, this is very similar. We all have to race in fire resistance underwear, and I’ve had to buy some new as I demonstrated its resistance to my nephew a few years ago !!

Having everything around me organised helps me focus, because when I am behind the wheel I don’t want any other distractions. I’m really good at multitasking which is good because sometimes in this game you need to be, and with a voice in my ear feeding me info and my eyes on the track i’ll just have 2 pedals to worry about, the steering wheel and the hand break, no need to be shifting gear once I fire her off the line (all my cars are female lol). I hopefully won’t need it again!

So, no more sleepless nights over my underwear, suit, gloves, balaclavas, boots, socks and underwear all packed. Now I can sleep easy……or now, i’ll turn my attention to the starting sequence.

Enjoy the ride!

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Swedish facts

Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, royal palaces and museums such as open-air Skansen.Population: 10.23 million (2019) EurostatTrendingCapital: StockholmCurrency: Swedish krona

1,572 km
FROM NORTH TO SOUTH SWEDEN

63%
OF SWEDEN IS FOREST

−16°C
COLD IN THE FAR NORTH IN JANUARY

56
DAYS OF DAYLIGHT IN SUMMER

30
SWEDISH NATIONAL PARKS

54.5%
RENEWABLE ENERGY IN SWEDEN

84 years
– LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR WOMEN

480
DAYS OF PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

900+
NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS SINCE 1901

Sweden imports waste – from Norway!

The Swedish people love to recycle. Only 1% of waste ends up in landfill with 50% being recycled or composted and 49% being incinerated for energy. This may sound like great news but it has caused one big problem: there’s not enough waste left to keep the incinerators running. So, Sweden has come up with a novel solution. They import waste from Norway and the UK to keep the lights on. And as a double bonus, the countries actually pay Sweden to take their waste away!

There’s a hotel made of ice – Sweden is home to the famous Ice Hotel in the village of Jukkasjärvi.

The hotel is crafted each year from two-tonne blocks of ice from the nearby Torne River. Starting from scratch, the hotel starts to take place as soon as the cold season arrives in the Arctic. Builders and artists alike work to create a hotel that’s unique every time.

And if you ever think health and safety regulations go too far sometimes, spare a thought for the owners of the Ice Hotel. Despite being made entirely of frozen water, the gigantic igloo is still required to have fire alarms fitted!

Yes, fika is really a thing

Everyone loves to take a break from work when they can but in Sweden, the idea is baked into the culture. The practice is called Fika and it’s a recognised break twice daily where workers enjoy coffee, cake and chat. All workers take breaks though, right? Well…ignoring the fact that in the Western world many work breaks are only theoretical, Fika is a communal and pretty much compulsory thing. So much so that in most companies anyone not taking part is considered rude. Maybe that’s why Swedish employees are the fourth happiest in the world!

Making light of dark days

It can be tough living in the North of Sweden in winter when there’s less than 5 hours of daylight for months on end. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that arises in response to a lack of daylight and affect many people in the far North of Europe. To help combat this, one city in Sweden installed lightboxes in bus stops to allow people waiting for their transport to experience a little extra daylight during the dark days of winter.

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STARD’S SNEEKY PEEK

It really doesn’t get much more exciting than this. The pent up energy of something that is going to be so monumentous. After North England’s Electric Storm last night, I think my Angel Number 41 is sending me a sign. Even felt like sleeping with my rubber boots and overalls on last night. It was EPIC!

What a buzz to start this countdown!  Only 12 Days left…. Watch the video below, crank up the sound and take a sneak peek of what lays ahead.

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Unleash the beast – and this baby is All Mine!

Honoured and excited to get behind the wheel of this baby! FORD I hope to drive my very best and do you proud. What an amazing generation of Motorsport we are going into together!

Is electric the future? Well. 0-150mph with little to no noise just plenty of G-Force the proof is certainly in the pudding and I absolutly can not wait.

The ‘Projekt E‘ demonstration car on a ‘REVelution’ platform was unveiled by STARD earlier in June, with a Ford Fiesta WRX body. All electric, it produces 450kW of power (612 horsepower) boasting 1100Nm of torque and a top speed of nearly 150mph.

Manfred Stohl, Stohl Group President:
“At STARD we have been actively working on electric powertrain systems for motorsport since 2008. It feels great to finally start to reveal these revolutionary products to the public. At this stage I would also like to thank Ford for the forward-thinking support towards this project, which was an important element in this ground-breaking undertaking. The opportunity to race a Ford branded electric race car in the Projekt E series already from this year will certainly be of high value to many customers. I had the pleasure of driving one of our test cars on its competition debut last weekend at Kakucs and it was fantastic to make history and take the powertrain concepts first victory.”

Sign up, login and watch all the action unfold at the first round of the 2020 World Rally Cross it will not disappoint , with all that ‘horse power’ waiting to be unleashed by the best drivers in the world – and they have waited an extra long time to get started this year !!! Unleash the beasts watch from 10 am Saturday 22 August , live streamed from Sweden here…… https://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/tv_listings#

https://www.freesports.tv/tv-schedule.html

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Watch RallyX LIVE

Qualifying starts on SATURDAY 22nd August All action 09.50am. 12 noon SUNDAY August 23rd. Download the app to your device or smart TV here.

https://www.freesportsplayer.tv/index.php?skipmobile=1

Register here to view the racing…… The countdown begins for Sweden! Tune in and watch the most exciting event to happen in Motorsport for a long time. Join me Natalie Barratt (British female rally driver), Ken Block, Mads Ostberg and others tbc….. The start line is feeling electric! 😎 http://www.natalierallyx.com

GLOBAL LISTINGS

https://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/tv_listings

SWEDEN RALLY Cross – LIVE

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Happy Monday

No Monday morning gloom in our house. Game face on and teeth in (joke I still have my own).

So, people what to know about the differences between Rallying and Rally cross, and my return to Motorsport so this week it’s interview and podcast week.

Ummmm can I talk for an hour about my rallying days and the future, but i’m not sure i’ll be able to keep it under an hour, yikes!

On a serious note thou, so much has changed and the world we live in has changed and I have changed too…

Everyone who knows me, knows I love music, so in the world of Robbie Williams ‘Doing it for the kids’ jumps to mind – no one wants a boring, sterile world, but we all need to breath and that’s why consciously I try and think of ways we can do this, and I do believe we all need to try and do something .

When my son asked to stop somewhere last weekend, to get something to eat, I wasn’t so ‘HAPPY’ to see a piece of wasteful plastic that can’t really even be called a toy, it is in the recycling already even he doesn’t understand why its there. The most interesting point is that he noticed the water bottle was made from recycled bottles. My son would of been happier to donate the cost of making that ‘toy’ to starving children.

Happy Monday everyone and have a great week…..!!!

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Coincidence, Destiny or Fate?

Why do coincidences happen and what do they mean?

When I had to stop driving years ago, it was not just the driving I missed it was the people. Being in Motorsport is like having a huge extensions to my own family.

On a recent drive back from Anglesey, Wales last Sunday I was thinking about this quite a lot. I miss this extension and I’m looking forward to getting back with everyone, the banter, the encouragement and the support.

Last week, In the space of 7 days I had received two emails from two women. Two women I’d never met before nevertheless two women with special surnames names that mean a lot to me.

Lovell’ and ‘Freeman’

Coincidence, Destiny or Fate? I believe that this was a sign for me to keep going, stay strong and follow my dreams.

I have to admit I was pretty freaked out and a happy tear sprung to my eye! These two women came into my life at a very special time when I needed their help, they are also names of members of a Motorsport family and even more important to me probably of of the best people you would even want in the car. Was my guardian angel sending me a sign? Maybe it was a sign I was on the right path! If it was a coincidence, well it was certainly a happy one.

A good driver and co-driver relationship is hard to describe, the respect and trust is immense, and this week has been a reminder of that. I am lucky that despite the limited number in Sweden I know I’ll have some great support around me, but I’m a little sad my children cant be there …..  maybe next time and at least its live for them to watch on the TV !!

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Play on numbers!

I am back with my number 41 …..

So I got to choose my number and its 41 , my special number so I’m syked !!! I’ve had it on my door many times in the World Rally Championship and now I using it in Rally Cross, so it’s my little bit of normal in a totally new discipline –

I typed into Google number 41 and it started giving me all these meanings , which was kind of freaky!

‘The angel number 41’ is an inspiring number to receive because it calls for me to discover my desires and work on my dreams. It motivates me to look for meaningful outcomes and to enter fresh new ventures’……. hmmmmmm!

‘This number promises that when I take the initiative, grab opportunities, and work hard, I will be rewarded with abundance and success’ I’ll take that thankyou 😉

I definitely believe in the power of positive thinking!!!!!!

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“Blood, Sweat but no tears!”

Phew…….It has been a long a stressful couple of weeks! All the paperwork, medicals, ECGs, licence tests are the norm in the sport, but never in my life time has it been made so difficult with a pandemic running alongside.

I have had many messages of support from fellow drivers, teams, mechanics, potential sponsors, friends and fans. Thank you very much for your support. You have pretty much all asked me the same thing………..

“So Natalie…. what are you up to today?”

Well, this was my last two Sundays.

I’ve been out of the driving seat for a while and so just getting my licence should have been relatively easy, instead it hasn’t proved the quickest. Mainly due to the worldwide pandemic many professional establishments are just not back operational so I was limited as to my choices.

That said, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I’ve had some fantastic help from the professionals in the game. I’ve also made some new friends and followers along the way. These businesses have made the past 2 weeks bearable for me with professionalism and turnaround. Thank you so so much.

Firstly, HUGE HUGE thanks to MSUK (https://www.motorsportuk.org). I am not actually sure how many times I needed to contact them but from start to finish they were absolutely great.

My ECG was last week, yet again, stressful but only the fact that due to Covid-19 and reduced operations I had to embark on a 700mile round trip to get it done! Thank you to Dr Mark Green Motor Racing Medics, Surrey.

Last but definitely not least thank you to Annette Freeman, Commercial Manager at Anglesey Circuit, Llandudno, United Kingdom at the fantastic Angleseycircuit.com for fitting me in ASAP.

One slight dip in the road, was I needed to re-sit the written ARDS test again – that was last Sunday and yes I passed !!…. nothing to do with my driving before you think anything!!

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ProjeKt E – ELECTRIC DEBUT’s !!

Ken Block !! and just now Mads Ostberg

I had a feeling Ken was coming !! What a line up and thankfully I don’t have to keep that quiet any more!!

OMG the pressure is on …. I also think I’d better pick up my American slang a little more, like sycked, stoked, rad, ummmm not sure about that one but I’m good with awesome!!

………..because that about sums it up …. and now…… Citreon !!

Wow Wow Wow ! This really is fantastic for Electric Rally and everyone involved in this new revolution!

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Natalie Barratt Female Rally Driver Projekt E Series

Deadline for Entries

Today is the closing date for entries  for the much anticipated first round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Cross.

Sebastian Eriksson has entered to defend his title as lasts year winner. 

I’m looking forward to seeing all the cars in action, but I’m much more excited to see who might be along side me on the Grid for the first EVER Electric Rally Cross Race…

Morning Dip !!

You cant beat a morning ‘open water’ swim in Lake Windermere in my beautiful back garden of the Lake District!

What a way to clear my head, going open water swimming is going to be a new part of my training, fitness and wellness regime. Asking a rally driver to practice a race start was right up my street! The red mist came down, replaced my visor with my goggles……and I was off!

Todays Open water Swimming course included both dry land and in-water skills. I begin the day at 8.45am at the swim base in Ambleside, with an open water skills presentation & briefing session and wetsuit fitting.

It was great, I learned how to swim safely, to navigate effectively and swim in a straight line.  I was in the heart of the best wild swimming. I swam a good 1500m this morning of swimming, with regular breaks.

Thank you very much Pete at Swim the Lakes www.swimthelakes.co.uk even gluten free friendly. I would highly recommend.

Introduction to open water swimming

Fitness out of lockdown

Eco-friendly Natalie pedal powers out of lockdown

Eco-friendly Natalie Barratt has gone all-electric as she pedal powers out of coronavirus lockdown and prepares for the start of the new all-electric Projekt E series – and has been out training in the stunning Cumbrian countryside on her new Orbea Gain F40 electric hybrid bicycle.

And she loves it, as it gives her the freedom to explore the stunning, and hilly, Cumbrian countryside that she’s recently made her home.

“The Orbea might be an electric hybrid bicycle, but it still gives me a good cardio workout on a long ride up and down the hills of Cumbria – which is good physical preparation for the start of the Projekt E rallycross series,” says Natalie.

“I’ve taken advantage of less cars being on the road during the coronavirus lockdown and hit the road.

“It’s been nice to get out of my new house and explore the unfamiliar countryside.

“I’ve recently moved to Cumbria, which has a large number of wind farms. It’s nice to go and explore and it’s amazing how big the wind turbines look, especially when you’re sitting on a bicycle!

“I’m a very sociable person. I like to go to the gym and I enjoy meeting people, so I’ve found the isolation of lockdown very restricting and quite lonely at times. So going for a long ‘bike ride has been very good mentally too.”

And now for the controversial aftershock of Natalie being in lockdown.

“I’ve become a big fan of Piers Morgan – he’s been great during lockdown!

“He asks the questions people want answers too, and doesn’t give up until he gets answers.

“He’s been a breath of fresh air – like those Cumbria hills are on my Orbea bicycle!”

The opening round of the ground-breaking Projekt E series, which supports the FIA World Rallycross Championship at selected European rounds this year, will take place at Höljes in Sweden around 22 August.

Staying at home during lockdown has made people more aware of the energy they use, including Natalie.

“If everyone did something small, it would collectively make a big difference to the environment and the catastrophic consequences of continued global warming.

“I’m not the tree-hugging type, but what I do now is little things like make sure the washing machine is fully loaded. It doesn’t sound much, but you save electric, water and maximise the use of your detergent, which itself has taken energy to produce. All my appliances are now energy efficient – I’m very conscious of it.”

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.

Equality

Equality

Article written by – 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.

Natalie’s Daughter is behind hers fight for a more a cleaner future and equality

Natalie Barratt isn’t shy when it comes to fighting for something she passionately believes in – and it’s her daughter Frances that is now giving her the extra motivation to return to competition and strengthen the women in motorsport cause.

Natalie Barratt rally cross driver electric Projekt E Electric Revolution Stard
Natalie Barratt rally cross driver electric Projekt E Electric Revolution Stard

Natalie made a great deal of friends and admirers during her time in the FIA World Rally Championship, as more often than not she was the only female driver contesting an event.

The WRC remains a very male dominated place, but it was even more so 15 years ago, when Natalie was contesting events in cars such as a Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and Hyundai Accent World Rally Car.

There are certainly more women competing in Motorsport now – so why is a mother of two about to make her rally cross debut in the exciting new all-electric Projekt E series?

“We don’t live in an equal world, and I’m continuing to the fight the cause for my eleven year old daughter,” says Natalie.

“Children are not prejudice, and Frances has no pre-conceived opinions as to why women can’t play on an equal footing with men in every aspect of life. Not only does she think it’s a great idea that I’m racing in Projekt E, she’s expecting me to win every race – if I don’t, I think she’ll disown me!

Frances is such a chip off the old block and determined to drive. Recently she was lucky enough to go in a full blown rally car, on ice with Armin Schwarz, her actual words were….”it was great, but id rather drive next time” at which point, Armin invited her back next winter.

But at times, being the only women in the WRC wasn’t’ just inconvenient – it was scary!

“It was the little things which created big problems for me as the only female driver in world rallying”

“Take a start of a stage for example. If a driver wanted to have a pee, he’d go behind a tree in a forest – but I couldn’t do that, not with lost of spectators walking around.

“I had to stop at petrol stations and even knock on someone’s door and ask them if I can use the bathroom”

“When you go in to a strangers house in the middle of nowhere – you don’t know who they are and sometimes they can’t speak English – it can be pretty scary, I can tell you.

“It was a major development when I acquired my own portaloo in the rally service area – I’d never thought a portaloo would make me so happy!”

“There has been so much progress in terms of encouraging women to go in to sport – particularly mainstream sports such as football. A lot of people were really impressed with last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup – even some men praised it for its quality of football, excitement and sporting spirit in which the games were placed.

“Things are a lot better in Motorsport, but there is still a long way to go.

“You see things differently as a parent, and a big part of the reason for returning to motorsport now is to try and make sure that if may daughter wants to go become a racing or rally driver – and she’s already done some ice karting in Finland and loved it – that Frances and others of her generation are able to start on a level playing field.”

Some famous names of Motorsport – including François Delecour, Hayden Paddon, Janis Baumanis, Jani Paasonen, Tiff Needell and the car’s designer Manfred Stohl – have all driven the Projekt E car.

Natalie will be the first female driver to drive the all-wheel drive, all-electric 600bhp machine when she tests it for the first time in July.

The opening round of the Projekt E series, which will support the FIA World Rallycross Championship at selected European rounds this year, will take place at Höljes in Sweden on 20 August.

Post-Covid 19

Projekt E racer Natalie sees a bright electric vehicle future post-Covid 19

ArticlePaul 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.

Natalie Barratt rally cross driver electric Projekt E Electric Revolution Stard

The world has an opportunity to change course and not go back to its old ways after the Covid-19 lockdown comes to an end – and the pandemic, humanly tragic and economically shattering as it is, has alerted more people to the need for a cleaner planet.

If you think electric vehicles are boring – think again! Natalie Barratt June 2020

Whilst us humans have been in lockdown, wildlife has thrived. The air is cleaner, the water is clearer and greenhouse gas emissions have dramatically dropped.

The coronavirus pandemic has given people a chance to see what life is like without traffic congestion and more and more are now considering electric vehicles as a very realistic option Natalie Barratt June 2020

A recent international study concluded that there will be up to 7% less global carbon dioxide CO2 emissions recorded this year compared to 2019 because of the pandemic. That’s the biggest annual drop since World War II.

Natalie Barratt rally cross driver electric Projekt E Electric Revolution Stard

Motorsport has always played a big part in the development of new technologies in the car industry – and that industry is facing its biggest challenges post-Covid 19. The Projekt E rallycross series, which brings never-before-seen all-electric technology and performance, has arrived at the perfect time.Natalie Barratt June 2020

The start of Projekt E – a brand new all-electric that supports the FIA World Rallycross Championship at selected European rounds, starting at Höljes in Sweden on 20 August – is therefore perfectly timed, as it help accelerate the automotive industry in developing new alternative energy technologies.

There is an unfounded stigma regarding electric vehicles – especially in motorsport, where the purists like the heart-thumping noise of race engines revving at maximum rpm and aggressive anti-lag systems barking like a demented Rottweiler!Natalie Barratt June 2020

The Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) designed and developed Projekt E race car uses ground-breaking technology, with three electric motors – one at the front and two at the back – will propel the car from 0-60mph in 1.8 seconds. That’s faster than a Formula 1 car.

Motorsport has always played a big part in the development of new technologies in the car industry – and that industry is facing its biggest challenges post-Covid 19. The Projekt E rallycross series, which brings never-before-seen all-electric technology and performance, has arrived at the perfect time.Natalie Barratt June 2020

Easley Magazine – 2019

The start of Projekt E – a brand new all-electric that supports the FIA World Rallycross Championship at selected European rounds, starting at Höljes in Sweden on 20 August – is therefore perfectly timed, as it help accelerate the automotive industry in developing new alternative energy technologies.

There is an unfounded stigma regarding electric vehicles – especially in motorsport, where the purists like the heart-thumping noise of race engines revving at maximum rpm and aggressive anti-lag systems barking like a demented Rottweiler!Natalie Barratt June 2020

The Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) designed and developed Projekt E race car uses ground-breaking technology, with three electric motors – one at the front and two at the back – will propel the car from 0-60mph in 1.8 seconds. That’s faster than a Formula 1 car.

That’s thanks to its ‘REVelution’ EV powertrain systems which produces up to 450kW (613bhp) combined power, 1100Nm of instantaneous torque and produce a top speed of 150mph (240km/h).

But the technology in Projekt E is mind-blowing and performance is incredible, with ninety per cent of the Projekt E car’s torque unleashed in around thirty-two milliseconds!

Natalie Barratt June 2020

Natalie Barratt rally cross driver electric Projekt E Electric Revolution Stard

Overton – 2018

The short format of a rallycross race means that the all-electric car can operate at flat-out peak performance for the duration of the race, with no battery power management required.

Battery life and re-charging points currently put people off buying an electric vehicle for the road, especially outside cities. But these issues are being addressed and developed – and the urgency has never been greater. Motorsport will undoubted help find new solutions in all areas of electric vehicle technology, and Projekt E is pioneering many of these innovations.Natalie Barratt June 2020

Global warning and the environment are subjects that race driver Natalie Barratt is passionate about, and one of the reason why she was one of the first drivers in the world to put her name down to contest the series.

You have to embrace new technology. When my dad got his first mobile ‘phone, I remember it was the size of a briefcase – and that doesn’t seem like a very long time ago! Where there is demand, technology delivers.Natalie Barratt June 2020

And the only female driver on the grid made her intentions public on International Women’s Day.

Doing my bit to help to develop electric vehicle technology is a big attraction to me wanting to compete in the Projekt E rallycross series – plus my love for speed and adventure of course!

Natalie Barratt June 2020

The opening round of the Projekt E series, which will support the FIA World Rallycross Championship at selected European rounds this year, will take place at Höljes in Sweden around 22 August.

Article written by – 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.

First Test Drive – Austria

Here is footage produced by Stard on my first test drive in Austria – 8th July 2020. A historical moment as I was the first woman to drive this car. Personally, it was my first drive of a rally cross car after some time being out of the driving seat and being back behind the wheel brought tears of joy to my eyes. Thank you to Stard for this footage.

Projekt E preparations continue today as Natalie Barratt tests in Austria.
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Focus on the Positives!

Look to the future!

Natalie Barratt has one simple rule that has helped her overcome and achieve so much in life – and that is to look at everything as a strength.

And that’s her philosophy as the mother of two prepares to return to Motorsport after a break of 13 years – contesting the brand new all-electric Projekt E – a support race series held at selected European rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

But make no mistake, despite the positive mind-set, Natalie is her own worse critic. The fear of failure is just as real as it is for a less optimistic person, but that’s never held her back – despite some big obstacles in life.

For example, rally driving – with a navigator calling out left and right corners over an in-car intercom system down a forest road at speeds in access of 100mph – isn’t easy.

To absorb, compute and react impeccably to such detailed instructions, often for 20 or 30 minutes at a time, when physically and mentally stressed, is exceptionally difficult – and especially so if, like Natalie, you suffer from dyslexia.

Natalie will adapt the lessons she has learned in rallying in preparation for her rallycross debut. And in a Projekt E car, which can accelerate from 0-60mph in 1.8 seconds – faster than a Formula 1 car – detailed preparation and natural driving instinct will collective play their part when the racing starts in Sweden in August.

“I had my own pace note system in rallying to overcome my dyslexia, and I’ll have my own system with my spotter in rally cross as well. We won’t have a left and right system, as that is something I find difficult to compute, especially in the heat of competition. So instead, my spotter will call ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, as I can instantly react to those commands with no problem at all.”

Natalie has competed at the highest level in very hi-tech and sophisticated machinery before – contesting 44 rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship in cars like a Renault Clio Sport, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and Hyundai Accent WRC.

Cars like that aren’t easy to start, let alone drive – and Natalie has to study with great care the launch control system, plus the vast array of switches and gadgets, to make sure she can extract the most out of these technologically advanced machines.

And the ground-breaking new four-wheel drive Projekt E race car – with its petrol engine replaced by three electric motors – is one of the most sophisticated race cars on the planet.

Cars like that aren’t easy to start, let alone drive – and Natalie has to study with great care the launch control system, plus the vast array of switches and gadgets, to make sure she can extract the most out of these technologically advanced machines.

And the ground-breaking new four-wheel drive Projekt E race car – with its petrol engine replaced by three electric motors – is one of the most sophisticated race cars on the planet.

“I love competing in motorsport, and I’ve raced as well as rallied, but I do have to put an awful lot more effort in to study how a car works and its control systems, thanks to my dyslexia.

“It’s no good me turning up at a race meeting and having an engineer explain how everything works and sending me out of the pits expecting everything to have instantly clicked. I have to study the dashboard layout, the launch procedure and know what all the complicated array of buttons do in advance, so I am completely at one with the cockpit. Once I’ve mastered that, I can concentrate on my driving.

“It’s the same in normal life. With an Xbox, you have to enter a sixteen digit code. It doesn’t matter how slow someone reads that code out to me, it’s all jumbled up. It’s far easier if I just remember to drive… and I do that fast!”

Natalie’s Paddock Playlist – Music

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Projekt E racer Natalie sees a bright electric vehicle future post-Covid 19

Natalie Barratt rally cross driver electric Projekt E Electric Revolution Sta

The world has an opportunity to change course and not go back to its old ways after the Covid-19 lockdown comes to an end – and the pandemic, humanly tragic and economically shattering as it is, has alerted more people to the need for a cleaner planet.

If you think electric vehicles are boring – think again!

Natalie Barratt June 2020

The start of Projekt E – a brand new all-electric that supports the FIA World Rallycross Championship at selected European rounds, starting at Höljes in Sweden on 20 August – is therefore perfectly timed, as it help accelerate the automotive industry in developing new alternative energy technologies.

Natalie Barratt rally cross driver electric Projekt E Electric Revolution Stard

Whilst us humans have been in lockdown, wildlife has thrived. The air is cleaner, the water is clearer and greenhouse gas emissions have dramatically dropped.

The coronavirus pandemic has given people a chance to see what life is like without traffic congestion and more and more are now considering electric vehicles as a very realistic option

Natalie Barratt June 2020

There is an unfounded stigma regarding electric vehicles – especially in motorsport, where the purists like the heart-thumping noise of race engines revving at maximum rpm and aggressive anti-lag systems barking like a demented Rottweiler!

Natalie Barratt June 2020

The Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) designed and developed Projekt E race car uses ground-breaking technology, with three electric motors – one at the front and two at the back – will propel the car from 0-60mph in 1.8 seconds. That’s faster than a Formula 1 car.

Natalie Barratt rally cross driver electric Projekt E Electric Revolution Stard

A recent international study concluded that there will be up to 7% less global carbon dioxide CO2 emissions recorded this year compared to 2019 because of the pandemic. That’s the biggest annual drop since World War II.

Motorsport has always played a big part in the development of new technologies in the car industry – and that industry is facing its biggest challenges post-Covid 19. The Projekt E rallycross series, which brings never-before-seen all-electric technology and performance, has arrived at the perfect time.

Natalie Barratt June 2020

That’s thanks to its ‘REVelution’ EV powertrain systems which produces up to 450kW (613bhp) combined power, 1100Nm of instantaneous torque and produce a top speed of 150mph (240km/h).

But the technology in Projekt E is mind-blowing and performance is incredible, with ninety per cent of the Projekt E car’s torque unleashed in around thirty-two milliseconds!

Natalie Barratt June 2020

Global warming and the environment are subjects that race driver Natalie Barratt is passionate about, and one of the reason why she was one of the first drivers in the world to put her name down to contest the series.

You have to embrace new technology. When my dad got his first mobile ‘phone, I remember it was the size of a briefcase – and that doesn’t seem like a very long time ago! Where there is demand, technology delivers.

Natalie Barratt June 2020

The short format of a rallycross race means that the all-electric car can operate at flat-out peak performance for the duration of the race, with no battery power management required.

Battery life and re-charging points currently put people off buying an electric vehicle for the road, especially outside cities. But these issues are being addressed and developed – and the urgency has never been greater. Motorsport will undoubted help find new solutions in all areas of electric vehicle technology, and Projekt E is pioneering many of these innovations.

Natalie Barratt June 2020

And the only female driver on the grid made her intentions public on International Women’s Day.

Doing my bit to help to develop electric vehicle technology is a big attraction to me wanting to compete in the Projekt E rallycross series – plus my love for speed and adventure of course!

Natalie Barratt June 2020

The opening round of the Projekt E series, which will support the FIA World Rallycross Championship at selected European rounds this year, will take place at Höljes in Sweden on 20 August.

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Motorsport journalist at Motoring News (1987-1994)

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PROJEKT E

WHATS IT ALL ABOUT

 
 
Driver

IMG UNVEILS PROJEKT E RACECAR

Friday 13th of September 2019

IMG ushered in a bold new era in motorsport with the global reveal of the all-electric racecar which will compete in the electric development series, codenamed Projekt E, in 2020.

The official unveiling of the Projekt E racecar, a collaboration between IMG and Austrian company STARD (Stohl Advanced Research and Development), took place at the Riga Motor Museum in Latvia. 

VIP guests, World RX and Euro RX teams and drivers gathered for the event to see first-hand the car which will feature in the innovative electric series. 
 
Projekt E will showcase electric-powered cars on the same event schedule as traditional World RX Supercars at selected European rounds of the championship in 2020.

Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of IMG Motorsports, and STARD’s Manfred Stohl had the honours of taking the wraps off the car. “Today we reached a tipping point in the future of production-based motorsport with the unveiling of the racecar which will feature in the electric support series in 2020, codenamed Projekt E,” Bellamy said.

“Electrification in the automotive industry is moving at a rapid pace and we are extremely proud to be first movers in the electric motorsport space for production vehicles.

“The car we revealed today is the result of months of collaboration with our technical partner, STARD. That work has centred on developing electric technologies, charging and safety systems for the Projekt E racecars.

“This collaboration is further proof of IMG’s commitment to future mobility and relevant technologies in the rugged rallycross environment.

“The car looks striking on the outside, but under the skin is what really matters. Rallycross is known for rapid launches and fast-paced, wheel-to-wheel action. The advanced technology which powers the Projekt E racecar will produce torque levels we have never seen in rallycross before.

“It’s an exciting time for the sport of rallycross. Our aim with the new-look race weekend format for 2020, with the inclusion of Projekt E, is to allow rallycross fans to enjoy the traditional internal combustion engines – and be given a flavour of the future at the same time.”

Projekt E will use STARD’s “REVelution” EV powertrain systems which will produce up to 450kW (613bhp) combined power, 1100Nm of instantaneous torque and produce a top speed of 240km/h.

The plan is to use current chassis technology such as the 2019 STARD World RX Ford Fiesta. The concept allows for the conversion of current cars or new builds to current chassis regulations using the REVelution drivetrain.

And, in a first for motorsport, Projekt E will enable the use of road car electric motors in racecars.

“We are delighted to be partnering with IMG on this innovative project which will change the technical landscape in motorsport and rallycross in particular,” Manfred Strohl, President of Stohl Group, said.

“There is a lot of activity in hybrid and electric racing at present but what sets Projekt E apart is the fact that the Projekt E race car can utilise road car electric motors.

“The performance of the racecar will be impressive when you consider that in terms of torque, the power unit is capable of 0-90% in about 32 milliseconds. The motors rotate at up to 14,000rpm. Projekt E will add a whole new, innovative dimension to rallycross in 2020.”
 
The aim of Projekt E is to evaluate electric racecars in a World RX environment in accordance with the roadmap for electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship which was has been ratified by the FIA World Motorsport Council.

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