Electric Rally Car Debut At IAA



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


Electric motor:              Synchronous


Power:                           100 kW (136 hp)


Torque:                           260 Nm


Battery:                          Lithium-ion, 50 kWh


Transmission:               Front-wheel drive with Torsen differential


Suspension:                  Rally suspension

                                        McPherson strut with uniball joints front


Wheels:                          7 x 17; ET20


Steering:                        Electric power steering


Brakes:                           4-piston brake calipers

                                        Interior ventilated 232x28-mm front discs, 264x12-mm rear discs

                                        Hydraulic brake pressure adjustable at rear, especially adapted for recuperation

                                        Adapted brake management and recuperation

                                        Hydraulic “fly-off” handbrake


Chassis:                         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


Electrical system:         ESP, traction control (TC) and ABS deactivated

                                        Motorsport display with data-logger

                                        Newly developed high-voltage (HV) safety warning system

                                        Optional: Tripmaster & additional lighting


Dimensions:                  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)


Weight:                           Approx. 1,400 kg