Next year the novelty will receive once own.
The company Opel has begun testing a rally version of the Corsa electric cars-e, which debuted this fall at the Frankfurt motor show. Tests are conducted on a private range in Dudenhofen (Germany).
According to Opel Motorsport Director Joerg Meal, now prototypes need to roll as many miles to the developers received the maximum amount of data. Because of Motorsport “Opel” had no experience with electric rally cars in the early stages he had to rely on calculations and simulations, but now this information will gradually be replaced by figures obtained during the actual tests.
Also engineers need to adapt the software of the electric car to solve racing problems, in particular – to change the algorithms of control systems of load on the battery and its temperature. He battery pack from Opel Corsa-e Rally will be the same as the civic hatchback – 50 kilowatt-hours. Will continue and the electric motor of 136 HP and 260 Nm. Rally car will have three modes: competition for maximum performance that it can support at a distance of not less than 60 kilometers, rain with variable traction for driving on slippery surfaces, and eco for energy savings when driving out of the race.
In January Opel will be engaged in the calibration of the chassis, creating a simulation of separate stages, and in the summer will launch the first supercasino African Opel e-Rally Cup. Organized jointly with the German automobile club ADAC series will replace the competition juniors small Adam. It will be held simultaneously with the stages of the German championship in rally. For the debut season of 2020-2021 the manufacturer will prepare a 15 client machines that cost less than 50 thousand euros each.