While it is not difficult to think of suitable candidates – new high-riding, all-wheel-drive electric compact SUVs are being launched all the time, from the Volkswagen ID.4 to Ford Mach-E – no manufacturers are quoted as supporting the idea so far. Equally, the FIA has yet to give its thumbs up to the racing.
SuperCharge though is adamant the series will get off the ground in 2022 with events across Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, Middle East and USA. Each meeting would comprise 15 races each of six laps on bespoke 1km urban circuits designed for maximum thrills and optimum spectator viewing. Special track features are planned to include a water gantry to wet parts of the track, low friction zones for drifting and a 2.5 metre-high jump where the cars will literally take off. Sixteen cars from eight teams would take part in the knockout format competition, with two cars against each other in a final shootout.
“Motorsport is at a crossroads,” SuperCharge managing director and co-founder Rob Armstrong tells GRR. “With many countries and cities already announcing plans to ban internal combustion-engine cars in the coming years, the need for road car-based electric motorsport is becoming more and more compelling.”
SuperCharge believes the format will appeal not just to spectators but also attract top drivers from the worlds of circuit racing, rallying and off-road racing.