The FIA World Rallycross Championship’s Projekt E alternation is congenital about electric cars, and Ken Block is one of the drivers authoritative the about-face abroad from internal-combustion power. In this video, Block puts his Ford Fiesta ERX electric rallycross car through its paces at a ambit in Höljes, Sweden.
“It’s starting from scratch. It’s a accomplished new way to chase a vehicle,” Block says in the video. He’s sampled a brace of electric cars recently, including the Extreme E series’ off-road racer and the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400, but the Fiesta is the aboriginal electric car Block will chase competitively.
Announced aftermost year, Projekt E will act as a abutment alternation to the capital World Rallycross Championship, which will abide to use gasoline-powered cars for the time being. The FIA acceptance anatomy originally capital to add an EV chic to the capital series, but that was banned by automakers. That agency abstracted contest for electric and gasoline cars will be captivated over a accustomed chase weekend.
Ken Block Projekt E Ford Fiesta electric rallycross car
Block’s car uses the anatomy from an eighth-generation Fiesta ST (which isn’t awash in the United States), but the road-going adaptation of that car isn’t accessible with an electric powertrain. However, Ford doesn’t accept a appropriately sized EV in its calendar appropriate now, and the Fiesta has been the automaker’s go-to assemblage car for several years now.
Built by Austrian close STARD, the car boasts three electric motors, bearing about 600 application and 800 pound-feet of torque combined. It can do aught 60 mph in about 1.8 seconds, according to the chase team, with a top acceleration of 150 mph. Each arbor gets its own 2-speed transmission, although alone one accessory is acclimated in races.
Block says the car feels heavier, admitting its weight is lower and its antithesis is bigger than a car with a agitation agent to accord it a added planted, added solid feel. He additionally says its absolutely bigger than a gas car for his signature “hooning” because the one accessory allows the auto to circuit faster.
Watch the abounding video for added of Block’s impressions on his new, all-electric ride, and for affluence of annoy destruction.