The world's first electric rally cup will start at the 57th ADAC KNAUS TABBERT 3 Städte Rally.
In fact, the sport of rallying is undergoing rapid development. Since this year, the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup has also been competing as part of the German Rally Championship (DRM). A total of 13 teams from five nations make up the pioneers of electric rally driving. The public's interest in motorsport is undiminished. But even otherwise, this branch of motorsport is now much better than its socio-political reputation.
The starting signal for the Corsa-e Rally Teams will be given on Friday evening at 5.01 pm. A total of seven special stages are on the programme. The 2021 ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup consists of seven rally events with the international highlight on the last weekend in August at the Barum Czech Rally Zlín, the Czech round of the FIA European Rally Championship and at the international round of the FIA European Rally Trophy as part of the ADAC KNAUS TABBERT 3 Städte Rallye.
The charging infrastructure for the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup, which was developed together with Opel Motorsport, therefore uses the public electricity grid, with renewable green electricity being purchased from the respective grid operator. The medium current drawn is fed into a transformer specially adapted for rally use with DCSource, the so-called Power House. This supplies a maximum power of 2 megawatts to 18 charging points, one of which is located at the service tent of each Cup vehicle. Each charging point feeds the vehicle with up to 140 kilowatts, whereby the Opel Corsa-e Rally can be charged with a maximum of 100 kilowatts direct current (DC). This makes it possible to fill the rally vehicle's 50-kilowatt-hour energy storage unit to 80 percent battery charge in around 30 minutes. Even during a shorter service, recharging the 216 battery cells for the next special stages is no problem.