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Electric cars are taking over the race track too — here’s how

The electric car invasion could soon graduate beyond the highway and into the World Rallycross Championship.

The top brass for the series says it wants to follow the lead of Formula E and introduce an e-car category, perhaps as early as the 2020 season.

Promotor IMG says it is working with the FIA, as well as car manufacturers in order to bring electric cars to the exciting mixed-surface circuit.

Speaking to Autosport, World Rallycross MD Paul Bellamy said: ”We’re talking to a number of manufacturers and working with the FIA about what it might look like.

“It will be 2020 at the earliest, but we’re in discussions about what format the concept might take, what the cars will be like and where it will sit in the World RX weekend.”

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The current plan is for the e-car category to sit alongside the current Supercar class, the report claims.

Peugeot, Volkswagen and Audi all compete in the World Rallycross Championship, with Bellamy claiming an e-car series is “what the manufacturers are asking for.”

He added: “They understand and see how rallycross lends itself perfectly to electric motor racing, because the races are over quickly and the cars being used relate to the cars that you see every day on the road.”

Apparently, there’ll be no mixed competition because “it’s very important for us that the internal combustion engine is here to stay in World RX.”

The Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship will also add an e-car series next year.

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