STARD reveals Rally2-based electric rallycross car

Citroën's WRC2 car is the basis of STARD's latest endeavour


STARD has launched the first Rally2-based electric rallycross car to compete in the new Projekt E series this year.

The Citroën C3 ERX, developed in conjunction with Citroën Racing, uses a rolling C3 R5 chassis that is fitted with STARD’s REVelution powertrain kit.

The kit comprises three electric motors, producing a total of 613bhp and 1002Nm of instantaneous torque. That, combined with a two-speed transmission sending power to all four wheels, is good for a top speed of just under 150mph.

“I celebrated my best World Rally Championship seasons and podiums behind the wheel of highly competitive PSA cars from Citroën and Peugeot,” said Stohl Group president Manfred Stohl.

“PSA Motorsport is one of the best automotive competition departments in the world, in particular when it comes to rally and rallycross cars.

“Our FIA-certified STARD EV powertrain system is unique globally and offers an unchallenged ratio of cost to performance, with minimised running costs.

“Installing this into an Citroën Racing C3 R5 rolling chassis results in a very powerful combination in terms of performance, but also in customer friendliness.

“The possibility for customers to purchase genuine spare parts for the car online from the official ‘Citroën Racing Shop’ with the known top-class customer service is a totally new level for an all-electric motorsport program. I feel honoured to have Citroën Racing as our partner.”

The car meanwhile retains around 80% of the rolling chassis’ original components, meaning that customers will be able to purchase spares from Citroën Racing, which is also supporting the project commercially.

“Since the commercial launch of the C3 R5 in 2018, our car has become one of the references of its class,” said Didier Clément, Citroën Racing’s head of customer racing promotion activities.

“It has proved its potential on the rally roads which has provided a solid basis for STARD to develop the C3 ERX.

“We are delighted to support STARD on this ambitious project and will follow the project closely.

“Motorsport is at a turning point and we see more and more extremely competitive electric cars. The C3 ERX shows that our C3 R5 family continues to grow, with a new product that looks promising.

“We can’t wait to see the C3 ERX in its first test drives and to follow the adventures of STARD on the track.”

The Citroën C3 ERX is available as a complete car, electric kit included, for €375,000 ($441,770). STARD has also developed a Ford Fiesta ST-based electric car pitched at the same price and similarly using the REVelution drivetrain.

Words:Dominik Wilde