Projekt E pushing on with 2020 launch plans

Production of electric series' cars and drivetrains continuing during coronavirus pandemic


Projekt E is pushing ahead with plans for its inaugural season despite being slowed by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The all-electric category was set to run alongside the World Rallycross championship at five rounds this year – in Belgium, Norway, Germany, Latvia and the canceled Russia round – but the season is currently on hold due to the pandemic.

Speaking in an official release issued by the series, Michael Sakowicz, CEO and founder of the STARD organization that is manufacturing drivetrains and cars for the series, confirmed that production and delivery of cars and drivetrain kits is ongoing.

“The absolute priority is that everybody stays healthy in these difficult times,” said Sakowicz. “Since the delivery of the first Projekt E Ford Fiesta to Holten Motorsport in November, we have built further cars and continue to do so.

“We are looking forward to the Projekt E cars competing against each other when circumstances allow.”

Norwegian squad Holten Motorsport is one of just two teams, alongside Rallytechnology of Poland, to have confirmed its participation in the new series, while Britain’s Natalie Barratt is so far the only confirmed driver.

“We are mindful that the world is a different place to what it was when we first launched the Projekt E racecar in Latvia in September last year,” added Paul Bellamy, senior vice president of motorsports events at World RX promoter IMG.

“Our thoughts are with those that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We are continuing to plan for Projekt E racing in 2020 but health and well-being is at the forefront of our decision-making at this stage.”