Rallycross Champ Says He Needs Audi Backing

Mattias Ekstrom took his Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro to the top of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this year, but to do it again, he says, will require more help from Audi.

“When I started the project I knew we were going to keep it at the same level for three years,” Ekstrom told motorsport.com, but “I think it will be unrealistic for me to continue without any support.”

With the competition heating up, and great drivers like former WRC champion Petter Solberg to compete against, it’ll take something special to stay on top.

“It is nearly a must as Peugeot and Ford are really raising the bar and doing a better job than they have ever done,” he says.

Fortunately for Ekstrom, Audi has expressed a desire to increase its involvement in Team EKS, even after its withdrawal from the Wolrd Endurance Championship. That could have something to do with the possibility of electric cars in rallycross.

“I think rallycross is going to be one of the best places to showcase high performance electric cars,” says Ekstrom. “In Formula E the cars are not so fast and are supposed to last for quite long. I think rallycross could be the complete opposite and show the maximum performance of an electric car and in an extreme way.”

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Although no electric class has yet been announced by WRX, the creation of such a class seems likely, especially after the series’ American counterpart, Red Bull Global Rallycross, announced an electric class in its series.

“I would definitely like to develop an electric rallycross supercar,” says Ekstrom. “Imagine if you had a 1000-horsepower car. It would be insanely cool.”

[source: motorsport.com]

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