Global Rallycross is Adding Battery Electric Series in 2018

The Red Bull sponsored Global Rallycross (GRC) racing series has announced it will offer a new all-electric series in 2018.

When it kicks off in 2018, the all-electric Global Rallycross will be treated as an entirely standalone series, joining the gasoline powered Supercar and GRC Lite cars on race weekends, with races to take place on the same tracks as the regular GRC race cars.

Red Bull GRC’s CEO, Colin Dyne, said the 2018 season would be a landmark year for the series.

“The electric car is one of the hottest topics in the automotive industry, and manufacturers across the globe have recognized its immense potential,” Dyne said. “We want to embrace this technology by welcoming it into our series as we continue to grow and expand.”

The announcement comes as the Formula E electric race car series continues to gain support from established car manufacturers.

Last week, Audi said it is leaving the FIA World Endurance Championship and LeMans series in favor of the burgeoning Formula E and will join Jaguar, Renault and Citroën.

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The Red Bull GRC two main classes now feature four manufacturer partners: Ford, Subaru, Honda and Volkswagen, and it will be interesting to see which manufacturers sign up for the new all-electric series.

Rallycross is unlike any other race series. The cars are built similarly to traditional rally cars and compete against each other on temporary tracks that have both asphalt and dirt sections.

The races are run in the U.S. and around the world in stadiums, at race tracks, and even at military bases.

If you are not familiar with rallycross racing, check out the video where there is plenty of fender benders, drifts, jumps and mud slinging.

Both Red Bull GRC and the United States Auto Club (USAC) will serve as the governing body for the new series.

This would be the first all-electric racing event to be sanctioned by USAC, which is one of the U.S.’s oldest organizations to oversee auto racing.