The Skoda RE-X1 Kreisel Is An All-Electric Rally Car
By Ameya Naik
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Published on July 3, 2021
Skoda Motorsport, battery technology solutions specialist Kreisel Electric and operational partner Baumschlager Rallye & Racing have teamed up to develop a fully electric rally car - the Skoda RE-X1 Kreisel. Based on a Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo bodyshell and powered by an 860 volts system delivering 349 bhp, the concept car was homologated by the Austrian Motorsport Federation AMF (OAMTC). The debut in the Austrian Rally Championship is planned for July this year.
Building on its experience and competence, the Mlada Boleslav based manufacturer's motorsport department updated a Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo chassis to be fitted with Kreisel's electric powertrain. The resulting concept car - the Skoda RE-X1 Kreisel - combines the best know-how from a builder of high-end rally cars with the innovative battery technology of Kreisel.
The Kreisel Electric engineered e-motor delivers a peak power of 349 bhp and a maximum torque of 600 Nm
With more than 400 units sold and numerous rally victories and title wins worldwide, the rally version of the Fabia is the most successful car of its category. Michal Hrabanek, Head of Skoda Motorsport said, "The concept car offers all the setup possibilities of the latest generation Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo, but with a fully electric powertrain and I really believe rally fans will find such a combination truly interesting."
The Kreisel high performance lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 52,5 kWh and provides an electrical tension of 860 Volts.
The Kreisel Electric engineered e-motor delivers a peak power of 349 bhp and a maximum torque of 600 Nm; in comparison the Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine produces 287 bhp and 425 Nm of torque. The suspension has been modified to implement the battery into the car also a major modification of the bodyshell floor was necessary. The Kreisel high performance lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 52,5 kWh and provides an electrical tension of 860 Volts. For optimum performance, the battery block is mounted as low as possible in the chassis and liquid-cooled by Shell E-Fluids.
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