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Projekt E technical partner STARD has announced the world’s first road car-based electric motorsport customer programme aimed at delivering race-ready competition Ford Fiestas onto the market with a bespoke fully-electric powertrain.

This very first electric customer car programme – with the Ford Fiesta built in accordance with the technical regulations for the Projekt E series that will sit within World RX events from 2020 – is focused on achieving unprecedented affordability for a high performance EV race car, with a race-ready price far below that of current ICE [internal combustion engine] rallycross Supercars but with similar performance and significantly lower running costs.

Race-ready Ford Fiesta ERX2s are now available, priced at €374.000 and first examples have already been delivered to customers.

A test version of the car driven by Manfred Stohl recorded the first rallycross event win for an all-electric car in Hungary on 12 July 2020

The car incorporates STARDs REVelution powertrain system that uses three electric motors, producing 450kW (613bhp) combined power and 1002Nm of instantaneous torque with a top speed of 240km/h, using a four-wheel drive system and two-speed transmissions fitted to both axles. The Projekt E series is open to a wide range of cars to which the REVelution system can be fitted.

Manfred Stohl, Stohl Group President:
“At STARD we have been actively working on electric powertrain systems for motorsport since 2008. It feels great to finally start to reveal these revolutionary products to the public. At this stage I would also like to thank Ford for the forward-thinking support towards this project, which was an important element in this ground-breaking undertaking. The opportunity to race a Ford branded electric racecar in the Projekt E series will certainly be of high value to many customers. I had the pleasure of driving one of our test cars on its competition debut last weekend at Kakucs and it was fantastic to make history and take the powertrain concepts first victory.”

Michael Sakowicz, STARD CEO and founder:
“I believe this is the start of a new era for customer and private motorsport. The primary target of the STARD Ford Fiesta is of course to be raced in Projekt E, the leading electric support category to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, but also in other environments. The car has undergone all FIA safety checks, particularly for the HV systems which makes this the first motorsport EV powertrain equipped race car package to complete FIA checks since Formula E. Therefore the possibilities to race with the car are pretty much unlimited. This includes national rallycross, hillclimbs, city races and more. We can´t wait to see the cars competing on track from August in Projekt E.”

Mark Rushbrook, Global Director Ford Performance Motorsports
“We are happy to support STARD with this project and it will be exciting to see how this develops going forward. We wish the project all the very best for the forthcoming season and we will be watching with interest as STARD built Fiestas go racing.”

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