Vauxhall's sibling brand builds sub-£46,000 hardcore Corsa-e Rally to take part in one-make German race series
22 August 2019

Vauxhall's sister brand, Opel, has released a rally variant of the new Corsa-e electric hatchback, making it the first mainstream manufacturer to offer customers an electric rally car. 

Called the Corsa-e Rally, the model will be available to buy from Opel Motorsport, with the German manufacturer claiming a sub-£46,000 price tag. 

The cost represents a near-£20,000 increase over the £26,490 starting price of the standard Corsa-e. The rally model retains the 50kWh battery and 134bhp, 192lb ft electric motor of the production variant.

Rally-spec suspension has been fitted and the body made slightly wider and higher, with a 2mm-longer wheelbase. Few technical details have been revealed, but it’s also expected to be significantly lighter.

In terms of design, the Corsa-e Rally bears a strong resemblance to its production counterpart, differentiated only by FIA-mandated towing straps, lightweight performance alloy wheels and a prominent decal package.

The Corsa-e Rally will compete in the 2020 ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup, a one-make electric race series that will host 15 young rally drivers.

The model will make its international debut at next month's Frankfurt motor show.

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22 August 2019

 Sounds good....

Peter Cavellini.

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22 August 2019

sounds daft!

Does everyone have to wait for 45 minutes after each stage whilst the driver recharges his Corsa....if he can find a charging station somewhere in the forests!

24 August 2019

The stages are quite a good time apart and they don't start a new stage until everyone has finished a stage. Plus the stages are only about 30 mins long so they won't completely deplete their battery otherwise its a pointless exercise. I expect they'll have some sort of mobile chargers for emergency or they could drop the battery out and put in a fully charged one if the rules allow

22 August 2019

I thought it was widely accepted that an EV had to cover quite a large distance before it was better than an IC car (in CO2 and polution terms) because of what goes into making them, and yet cars used in competition dont cover huge mileages. 

I am all in favour of EVs getting diesel delivery vans off the road, but to use them in competition is plain daft

24 August 2019

i bet the ICE rally cars are a hell of a lot more polluting than a normal ICE at the speeds they travel. I quess the EV rally car will be a lot quicker to maintain too, swapping a dead motor will be quicker than swapping a dead engine.

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