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FIA eRX2 Championship test driver appointed


Reigning two-time RX2 Series title-winner Oliver Eriksson has been appointed as the official test driver and ambassador for the new FIA eRX2 Championship, as preparations intensify ahead of the all-electric series’ inaugural campaign on the FIA World Rallycross Championship undercard in 2021.

The 21-year-old Swede is one of the most highly-rated young drivers on the rallycross scene, having won titles in RX2 International Series (2018/2019), RallyX on Ice (2018) and GRC Lites (2015),

Eriksson, whose CV also includes two FIA World Rallycross Championship outing, will play a pivotal role in the development of the new FIA eRX2 car, featuring an interim ‘prototype’ composite bodyshell on top of RX2’s existing Supercar Lites chassis.

So far, testing has been restricted to Spain’s Circuit Calafat, but Eriksson will soon be putting the car through its paces at a variety of international rallycross tracks.

The final version of the car is set to be officially presented towards the end of this year, and six European events are planned for the first season of the FIA eRX2 Championship. The full calendar is set to be released in due course.

Oliver Eriksson, Test Driver and Ambassador, FIA eRX2 Championship, said: “It’s a great honour to be involved in this project. We’re going through a revolution in motor sport right now – the whole automotive industry is in the midst of a huge drive towards a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly future – and we can’t close our eyes to that. The FIA eRX2 concept is tremendously exciting and very much the direction in which we need to be pushing.

“To be a part of it all from such an early stage is really cool. It will be a new car for everybody – we all know combustion engines, but electric motors are something very different and the cutting-edge technology they incorporate is incredible.

“Just for starters, they will generate more power than we have had before, which as a driver is always welcome! Of course we will lose the sound of the engine and the smell of burning fuel, but from a driving perspective, it looks like being the most fun car yet – the numbers are extremely impressive.

“It’s sensible money for an arrive-and-drive format, and the driver-adjustable parameters mean there will be much more to think about during the races, too, which will highlight the importance of preparation and skill. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel to experience the car for myself!