The first electric rally cup is back at the 3 Städte Rallye.
After the extremely successful premiere season of the ADAC OPEL e-Rally Cup, the schedule was significantly upgraded in 2022. This year, an attractive, varied programme with rally events in four nations awaits the Cup. In addition to Germany and Austria, there will also be or have been events in the Netherlands and France. The field of participants is also international. The starting field, which consists mainly of male participants, is made up of seven nations. The season will end with the 58. ADAC KNAUS TABBERT 3 Städte Rallye.
The starting signal for the Corsa-e Rally Teams will be given on Friday afternoon at the service area in Wegscheid. From there the rally vehicles will be transported by trailers to the Czech Republic, where 2 special stages over almost 24 kilometres are on the agenda. After the overnight break in the service park, the rally will continue on Saturday over 7 special stages with a length of more than 90 kilometres to the finish at the Nordic Centre Jägerbild near Breitenberg.
The Opel Corsa-e Rally has been optimised in detail over the winter. A newly developed multi-disc limited slip differential increases the traction of the 100 kW/136 hp electric racer, an advanced software improves the thermal management of the 50 kilowatt hour battery unit. In addition, a modified sound system increases the acoustic perceptibility of the nippy electric racers.
The charging infrastructure for the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup, developed together with Opel Motorsport, uses the public power grid, with renewable green electricity being purchased from the respective grid operator. The medium current drawn is fed into a transformer with DCSource specially adapted for rally use, 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.
The provisional timetable in overview:
Thursday, 13 October 2022
from 15.00 hrs - scrutineering
Friday, 14 October 2022
from 7.30 a.m. - scrutineering
15.30 hrs - start of the 1st stage
21.00 hrs - finish of the 1st stage (Service IN)
Saturday, 15 October 2022
10.00 hrs - start of the 2nd stage
20.00 - Finish of the rally at the Jägerbild near Breitenberg