World Rally Championship team Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) revealed the world’s first all-electric customer rally car, the Ford Fiesta ERX, just a couple of weeks ago. But it didn’t take long for the electrified rally machine to find success, as it won its very first race in Hungary with STARD owner Manfred Stohl behind the wheel. But now, everyone’s favorite Hoonigan, Ken Block, is going to get his shot as well.
Block, of Gymkhana, rallycross and rally fame, will race a STARD-built Fiesta ERX in the first ever round of the new Projekt E Series – the leading support category for the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the first all-electric championship in rallycross – at Holjes, Sweden on August 22nd– 23rd.
Amazingly, given the sheer number of different vehicles Block has driven in his career, this outing will be the first time he has ever raced an electric car head-to-head against similar vehicles, though he did spend a bit of time behind the wheel of the Mach-E 1400 recently. His Fiesta ERX2 will be given VIN number 043 in honor of his debut in the car, and will wear a special livery. Otherwise, it’ll be mechanically identical to the one Stohl secured a victory in just weeks ago.
The ERX2 is based on the Ford Fiesta MK8 ST bodyshell. It incorporates STARD’s REVelution powertrain system, which uses three electric motors that produce a combined 450 kW (603 horsepower) and 1,002 Nm (739 pound-feet) of torque with a top speed of 240 kilometers-per-hour (149 miles-per-hour), using a four-wheel drive system and two-speed transmissions fitted to both axles.
Not only is the ERX2 the very first electric custom car program, but it’s also designed to offer unprecedented affordability for a high performance EV race car, with a race-ready price of 374,000 Euros ($431,091), far less than that of current ICE rallycross supercars eligible for the FIA World Rallycross Championship, but with similar performance and significantly lower running costs.