FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX)

The FIA World Rallycross Championship - also known as WRX or World RX - went electric starting with the 2022 season. Rallycross combines rallye, i.e. off-road motorsport, with circuit racing. Short races with few cars are held on tracks with different surfaces, such as asphalt, sand, or gravel.

The World RX is the top category in global rallycross and was created in 2014 from the European Rallycross Championship, which was awarded world championship status. After eight seasons, a new era began for the series in 2022: The traditional combustion engines were replaced by electric powertrains. The series' electric plans were originally set to be implemented in 2020, but were delayed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2021, the commercial implementation of the series has been the responsibility of Rallycross Promoter GmbH - a joint venture between Red Bull and KW25 - which belongs to WRC Promoter GmbH. The WRX made its electric debut on July 2nd 2022 in Höljes, Sweden.

WRX Calendar 2023

Race Date Location Country
1 17+18/06/2023 Hell Norway
2 01+02/07/2023 Höljes Sweden
3 22+23/07/2023 Lydden Hill United Kingdom
4 05+06/08/2023 Mettet Belgium
5 26+27/08/2023 Montalegre Portugal
6 09+10/09/2023 Estering (Buxtehude) Germany
7+8 21+22/10/2023 Cape Town South Africa
9+10 25+26/11/2023 Hong Kong Hong Kong


WRX Standings: World Championship 2023

Pos. Driver Team Points
1 Johan Kristoffersson Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS 23
2 Kevin Hansen Hansen World RX Team 16
3 Niclas Grönholm Construction Equipment Dealerteam 15
4 Ole Christian Veiby Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS 12
5 Klara Andersson Construction Equipment Dealerteam 11
6 Sebastian Loeb Special One Racing 10
7 Timmy Hansen Hansen World RX Team 10
8 Guerlain Chicherit Special One Racing 8
9 Timo Scheider Münnich Motorsport 7
10 Gustav Bergström Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS 6


Drivers & Teams

So far, three teams have announced their line-ups for the RX1e class, the highest on the WRX bill. For the previous season in 2022, five teams had registered, also including Kristoffersson Motorsport, ES Motorsport, and Münnich Motorsport. Whether or not they will return with new entries in 2023 has not been confirmed yet.

Team Vehicle Driver
GCK Performance Lancia Delta Evo-e Sebastien Loeb
  Lancia Delta Evo-e Guerlain Chicherit
Hansen World RX Team Peugeot 208 RX1e Kevin Hansen
  Peugeot 208 RX1e Timmy Hansen
Construction Equipment Dealer Team PWR RX1e Niclas Grönholm
  PWR RX1e Klara Andersson
  PWR RX1e Niklas Grönholm

Race Format

Before the first full-electric season in 2022, organizers and teams have revised the race format. However, the basic structure, consisting of several short races (called heats), remains the same. A race event can now be divided into five sections: SuperPole, Heats, Progression Race, Semi-Finals, and Final. All heats include a maximum of five cars competing against each other over a distance of five laps.


In the WRX combustion engine era, the starting order for the first heat was drawn by lot. This format is replaced by a so-called "SuperPole". After free practice, each driver gets the opportunity to set a fast lap. This result determines the starting order.

Progression Race

After the SuperPole, three heats are held. All drivers generally qualify for the Progression Race, but those who perform best cumulatively in the heats can choose their starting position first. Those who finish in the top 10 in this race qualify for the semi-finals.

Semi-Finals & Final

The final phase of the race weekend remains unchanged, with only the number of vehicles in the semi-finals increased to ten. The first two drivers from each semi-final plus the third-placed driver with the faster time qualify for the final.

Points System

Points are awarded only at the end of the weekend, after the completion of the final race. The top 15 drivers receive championship points. A driver can earn a maximum of 20 points, while 15th place receives one point.

Position Points
1 20
2 16
3 13
4 12
5 11
6 10
7 9
8 8
9 7
10 6
11 5
12 4
13 3
14 2
15 1

Technology & Performance of an Electric WRX Car

In any given season, up to 14 WRX cars could line up on the starting grids, as the FIA World Championship has reserved that many identical RX1 cars from Austrian manufacturer Kreisel Electric. The cars can to deliver 500 kW of power, 880 Nm of torque and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 1.8 seconds. Chassis and other parts can be individually produced or used by the teams.

Car type RX1 car
Performance 500 kW
Torque 880 Nm
Voltage 860 V
Battery capacity 52.65 kWh
Charging power 60 kW
Total weight 1,300 kg
Acceleration 0-100 kph 1.8 s

FIA RX2e Championship

The FIA RX2e Championship is a Rallycross championship supported by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), which holds its events with all-electric vehicles as part of the FIA World RX race weekends. It was created when the planned electrification of its larger sister series in 2021 was postponed by one year. RX2e was thus a pioneer series in which the first experiences with the new vehicle technology were gathered. Today, it is intended to train young talents in electric motorsport.

The first RX2e event took place in Spain in July 2021. The first champion of the series was Guillaume de Ridder. In the second season, the title remained in Belgium, as his compatriot Victor Vranckx collected the most points over the 2022 season.

RX2e Race Calendar 2023

The RX2e is part of five European WRX events per season.

Race Date Track Country
01 17.-18.06.2023 Hell Norway
02 01.-02.07.2023 Höljes Sweden
03 22.-23.07.2023 Lydden Hill United Kingdom
04 05.-06.08.2023 Mettet Belgium
05 19.-20.08.2023 Estering Germany


RX2e Drivers, Teams & Championship Standings 2023

Since the RX2e is mainly made up of young drivers, not all of them are permanently linked to a racing team. Some of them are individual starters. Also, the grid can vary as some drivers only take part in certain rounds of the RX2e calendar.

No. Driver Team Points
1 Isak Sjökvist #YellowSquad 36
2 Nils Andersson Team E 31
3 Victor Vranckx VMV Racing 27
4 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky Team E 25
5 Pablo Suarez Zeroid Motorsport 20
6 Filip Thoren Zeroid Motorsport 20
7 Ole Henry Steinsholt Ole Henry Steinsholt 17
8 Christina Gutierrez Zeroid Motorsport 17
9 Catie Munnings #YellowSquad 16
10 Marko Muru SET Promotion 8
11 Laia Sanz Acciona | Sainz XE Team 8

*Ole Henry Steinsholt was deducted 5 championship points for a crash with Catie Munnings.

RX2e Race Format

Each RX2e event consists of three practice sessions, one qualifying session, four Heat races, two semi-finals and one final. The regulations of the series are laid down in Appendix I of the "FIA European Rallycross Championship Sporting Regulations" and are therefore publicly available.

Up to five vehicles take part in each Heat, competing against each other in a short race over five laps. After each Heat, points will be awarded in an intermediate classification - a maximum of 50 points per Heat win. The best twelve drivers in this intermediate ranking will qualify for the semi-finals.

In semi-final 1, the drivers 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th place meet. The others compete in semi-final 2. The semi-finals are each scheduled for five rounds. The top 3 of both semi-finals will each make it to the final. This means that six cars take part in the final race. The driver with the most points from the Heats will start the race from pole position.

RX2e Points

In RX2e, points are awarded two times during the race weekend: Firstly, the top 3 drivers in the Heat phase are rewarded with championship points - similar to the point for pole position in Formula E. Three points are awarded to the best driver in the Heats, two points for second place and one for third place.

Also, at the end of each race event, championship points are awarded to the top 15 drivers of the weekend. The winner of the final will receive 20 points, while 15th place will receive one point.

Pos. Points
1 20
2 16
3 13
4 12
5 11
6 10
7 9
8 8
9 7
10 6
11 5
12 4
13 3
14 2
15 1


RX2e Technology

QEV Technologies, a specialist in electric motorsport, is responsible for the production of the RX2e vehicles.The Spanish company once managed the entries of the Mahindra and NextEV (now: Nio 333) teams in Formula E. The RX2e receives additional support from the Swedish Rallycross team Olsberg MSE.

All RX2e teams use an identical car, which is equipped with two e-motors that provide propulsion independently of each other on the front and rear axles. In seasons 1 and 2, this produced a maximum performance of 250 kW with a torque of up to 510 Nm. With the start of the third season, the power output was increased to 270 kW. In addition, there is a boost mode that the drivers can use once per race. It increases the performance by 80 kW for a short time.

Energy output (max.) 270 kW
Motors 2 motors by QEV Technologies (max. 12,500 rpm)
Drive All-wheel drive
Torque 510 Nm
Battery 30 kWh
Chassis Tubular frame, high-strength steel, lightweight bodywork
Suspension Double wishbone, push rod suspension
Dampers & Brakes Triple adjustable dampers, lightweight brake calipers
Electronics Powerful VCU, customised dashboard for manual input
Weight 1,290 kg (incl. driver), distribution 50/50
Dimensions (length / width / height) 4,050 mm / 1,800 mm / 1,500 mm


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