Taking a similar approach to Formula E, we can now expect an exciting new race series again, promoting an emission friendly form of racing. The series was the initial brainchild and concept of former Porsche Motorsport boss, and director of the Formula 1 brand Sauber, Max Welti. He has teamed up with the previous head of motorsport at the marketing conglomerate IMG, Rob Armstrong.
Between the two of them, they hope to bring a new style of competition to the public eye, and showcase the power of modern day on-road crossover vehicles in a challenging environment. The championship will consist of 15 races on short urban style courses, featuring obstacles and different challenges.
The idea is to take electric crossovers that are on the roads today, modify them to a high performance spec, and challenge the vehicles in a number of unique challenges similar to Rallycross. A few of the obstacles the cars will face include a low friction zone, a whopping 2.5 metre jump, a superloop track extension and a water splash. The cars will also have to reflect the contemporary state of on-road cars for that period, to really try and touch base with the capabilities of these epic crossovers.
This competition is another indicator that E series and emission friendly competitions are gaining rapid momentum. There seems to be an industry wide shift into searching for alternative forms of enjoying the thrills of racing without having a lasting and negative effect on the environment. This shift is clearly outlined by the introduction of Formula E, and also the recent developments of Lewis Hamilton with his own Extreme E team.
What we are witnessing is an exciting evolution. Here at TrackDays, we’ve had an enormous amount of interest in electric vehicles, in particular electric supercars such as the BMW i8. The concept of driving such an incredible vehicle, that provides such an astonishing amount of power from an electric engine, is clearly perking the interests of customers nationwide.
If you couple this with the growing concern about the current climate and its importance; electric competitions could well be the only feasible future for racing. Regardless of what future competitions look like, we are extremely excited to see the results of the Supercharge crossover motorsport championship, and can’t wait to see how many people it inspires moving forward.