Skoda Motorsport Has Developed An All-Electric Rally Car In The RE-X1 Kreisel
The Skoda RE-X1 Kreisel will one day compete in future FIA rallies and could lap the competition given what we know.
- The RE-X1 Kreisel combines the Skoda Frabia Rally2 evo chassis with an electric powertrain.
- The fitted e-motor delivers 349 bhp and a maximum torque of 600 Nm.
- RE-X1 is a joint project, developed by Skoda Motorsport, Skoda Austria, Kreisel Electric and Baumschlager Rallye & Racing.
Off-road and highly competitive, the FIA World Rally Championship is adored by many — more so for its implementation of hybrid vehicles (at least in our opinion).
We know, hybrid rally cars won’t be used until 2022, but we’re still excited regardless.
The RE-X1 should look familiar to some as it combines the Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo body with Kriesel’s electric powertrain.
The result is a rally car capable of delivering 349 bhp and a maximum torque of 600 Nm.
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Of course, other modifications needed to be made to the Fabia Rally2 for the Kreisel to go all-electric. For example, the suspension has been completely revamped to allow for Kreisel’s 52.5kWh batteries.
“The concept car Skoda RE-X1 Kreisel is an exciting combination of traditional and future-orientated technology. We provided our best experience, based on developing already three generations of the rally-going Skoda Fabia,” says Michal Hrabánek, Head of Skoda Motorsport.
He continues: “The concept car offers all the setup possibilities of the latest generation Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo, but with a fully electric powertrain and I really believe rally fans will find such a combination truly interesting.”
The original Skoda-built chassis was made for asphalt, but a third partner, Baumschlager Rallye & Racing, is working on testing the Skoda RE-X1 Kreisel on gravel.
That being said, we know that the new concept car will be making its debut later this month at the Austrian Rally Championship.
Viewers will have so many electric racing options to choose from soon. Which off-roader will you be following? Extreme E, or FIA World Rally?