Opel begins testing its rally electric car Corsa-e RallyDecember 25, 2019
Opel began testing its new all-electric rally car, the Corsa e-Rally Cup, which is the world’s first electric car to compete in rally races.
The car passes a series of tests at the Dudenhofen test center in Germany, a private test center operated by Opel, which includes a huge high-speed test track and 900 meters of rough terrain.
“We have two goals,” said Opel Motorsport Director Jörg Schrott. “Now test cars cover the maximum possible number of kilometers to collect the maximum amount of data that will help in the early stages of testing. We have no experience in using a rally electric car that we could turn to, so initially we had to rely on calculations and simulations, which are gradually being replaced by real data. Other areas are load and temperature control of the battery, as well as software adaptation. I am pleased to report that our test program is going without incident. “
After completing this test phase for Corsa-e Rally, Opel engineers will create another prototype hatchback that will serve as the basis for future customers’ cars.
Initially, about 20 copies of the 136-horsepower electric vehicle will be produced, and the first 15 of them will be completely ready by the summer of next year in time for the specially organized first test event.
“It is important for us that in our electric racing car all the power of the motor is available at any time. From a technical point of view, the Corsa-e Rally should be perfect, ”said Schrott. “The new rally car should outperform the current Opel Adam Cup. A low center of gravity, thanks to a battery mounted under the floor, and excellent weight distribution is extremely important for a sports car, ”he added. “Now we need to find the most balanced chassis settings, so in January we will begin to model some real stages of the rally.”
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