- Vauxhall’s sister brand Opel becomes the first car manufacturer to offer an electric rally car
- The competition car is based on the Vauxhall Corsa-e, which is now available to order
- The Corsa-e Rally will premiere at the IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show in September
Luton – Vauxhall reports today that sister brand Opel has become the first vehicle manufacturer in the world to offer an electric car for customer rally sport. Based on the Corsa-e, the electric competition car will make its world premiere at the IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show on 12th to 22nd September 2019.
The Corsa-e Rally will compete in the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup – the first brand cup for electric cars in the world, which builds on the success of the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup. Just like its predecessor, the competition offers the perfect entry ticket to rallying for young drivers from all over the world. Set to begin in summer 2020, fifteen of Opel’s pioneering electric cars are planned for the race series.
Available from Opel Motorsport, the Corsa-e Rally will cost less than €50,000 (£46,000). The car has been engineered to produce 100kW (130hp) and 260Nm of torque from a standstill, while still offering the same fun and dynamic driving as the production car, which is now available to order.
For the road, customers can secure delivery of the fully electric Vauxhall Corsa-e by placing a £500 reservation fee. What’s more, the first 500 customers to place their reservation will receive a free home charging kit.
Priced from £26,490, including the Government’s £3,500 Plug-in Car Grant, the Corsa-e will be available in two highly-specified trims, both of which will come as standard with a 7-inch touch screen, 11kWh on-board charger, satellite navigation, LED headlights, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and DAB radio. The car boasts a generous range of 205 miles (WLTP) and fast-charging to 80 per cent of battery capacity in just 30 minutes.
Opel Corsa-e Rally Technical Data
100 kW (136 hp) 260 Nm
Lithium-ion, 50 kWh
Front-wheel drive with Torsen differential
McPherson strut with uniball joints front
7 x 17; ET20
Electric power steering
4-piston brake calipers
Interior ventilated 232×28-mm front discs, 264×12-mm rear discs
Hydraulic brake pressure adjustable at rear, especially adapted for recuperation
Adapted brake management and recuperation
Hydraulic “fly-off” handbrake
Lightweight body-in-white with integrated roll-cage
Underbody protection for engine and transmission
Electric fire extinguisher, dry battery (standard in engine compartment)
Quick-release fasteners for bonnet and tailgate
ESP, traction control (TC) and ABS deactivated
Motorsport display with data-logger
Newly developed high-voltage (HV) safety warning system
Optional: Tripmaster & additional lighting
Length: 4,060 mm
Width: 1,770 mm (5.0 mm wider than production)
Height: 1,440 mm (5.0 mm higher than production
Wheelbase: 2,540 mm (2.0 mm longer than production)
Approx. 1,400 kg