Skip advert
Advertisement

New Vauxhall Corsa-e to race in e-Rally Cup

Electric supermini will hit the tarmac in selected rounds of the German Rally Championship

Vauxhall has plans to take its new Corsa-e e-rallying, in the freshly created e-Rally series co-organised with the ADAC, in 2020. Called the ADAC e-Rally Cup, the series replaces the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup collaboration that helped introduce fresh talent to rallying. The new series will run in conjunction with selected rounds of the German Rally Championship in 2020, but form a Super Series, running through until 2021.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Corsa-e Rally car itself shares an identical powertrain to that of the road-going hatchback, featuring a 136bhp synchronous electric motor mounted where the traditional internal combustion engine would normally sit under the front bonnet. The 50kWh battery pack is also carried over, which should help the e-Corsa complete more than a couple of special stages without needing a top-up.

What has changed is the suspension package, with new motorsport-specification springs and dampers. The layout is as per the standard car, with MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam rear. Helping meter the electric motor’s 190lb ft of torque is a new Torsen limited-slip differential on the front axle, while a new brake package with four-piston calipers on the front axle will help slow everything down.

Aside from its livery, the Corsa-e looks largely the same as its road-going counterpart, save for a new set of motorsport wheels and tyres.

Beyond rekindling Vauxhall’s correspondence with German rallying, the new Corsa-e rally car does also foreshow what a hot road-going version could look, and feel like. Without any official word of a hot GSi or VXR Corsa, it’s a definite possibility that if there is to be a hot Corsa in future, it will come with a plug.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Here’s our first official look at the all-electric Range Rover
2024 Range Rover Electric
News

Here’s our first official look at the all-electric Range Rover

JLR has released new details about the development of its very first electric Range Rover ahead of its launch later this year
22 Apr 2024
Fastest electric cars 2024
Fastest electric cars
Best cars

Fastest electric cars 2024

Monstrously powerful and packed full of tech, EVs can be a force to be reckoned with. We run down the fastest of all time
16 Apr 2024
Italy bans Alfa Romeo Milano name, so now it’s Alfa Romeo Junior
Alfa Romeo Junior/Milano
News

Italy bans Alfa Romeo Milano name, so now it’s Alfa Romeo Junior

Just a few days after the Milano's reveal, Alfa Romeo has been forced to change the car’s name entirely
15 Apr 2024
BMW i4 eDrive35 review: does less equal more?
BMW i4 eDrive35 – front
Reviews

BMW i4 eDrive35 review: does less equal more?

BMW’s cheapest i4 gets a smaller battery, less power and a £50,755 price tag – is it a worthy alternative to a Polestar 2?
12 Apr 2024
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Volkswagen Touareg 2024 review – a true BMW X5 rival?
2024 Volkswagen Touareg
Reviews

Volkswagen Touareg 2024 review – a true BMW X5 rival?

Volkswagen’s dependable SUV has had a big update and still does exactly what it says on the tin, which is no bad thing
19 Apr 2024
UK speeding fines 2024 – what are the latest penalties for drivers?
Speeding fines header
Advice

UK speeding fines 2024 – what are the latest penalties for drivers?

Here's everything you need to know about speeding fines in the UK and other possible motoring-related offences
18 Apr 2024
Used car deals of the week
Main used car deals
Advice

Used car deals of the week

In this week's used car deals, we've sourced everything from a Kia Stinger GT S to a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
18 Apr 2024