Rallying’s World RX appoints Volvo to lead fully electric charge

FIA World Rallycross Championship has appointed Volvo Construction Equipment as its official construction equipment supplier ahead of its inaugural fully electric season.

The three-year partnership will see Volvo CE put to work a mix of its electric construction equipment and its most sustainable and innovative solutions ahead of the new era of fully electric racing, which begins in July.

Volvo CE said it intends to use its involvement in the championship to push the boundaries for sustainability, safety, equality, and diversity. It wants to use the international electric race series as a platform to showcase its growing range of electric construction equipment and innovative services to a global audience.

Arne Dirks, executive director of World RX, said: “We are very proud to announce Volvo CE as our official construction equipment supplier. They are a great partner for World RX, and they join us at a seminal moment as the World Championship goes electric. Not only do we share similar goals with regard to sustainability, but Volvo CE will be working with us on some hugely exciting top-secret projects that we will be able to confirm shortly and which we are confident will kick-start rallycross’ new era in sensational style.”

Both parties will aim to limit transportation and logistics emissions at the races and reduce travel-related emissions. Volvo CE will engage principally local customers to attend races and roadshows, with digital tools including the championship’s RX+ livestreaming platform allowing a wider audience to enjoy the races virtually.

Bill Law, head of brand, marketing and communications at Volvo CE, said: “A global shift to an electric future is inevitable and urgent – and we know that more sustainable construction solutions are a vital part of driving that change.

“That is why we are thrilled to partner with the now fully electric FIA World Rallycross Championship – a series that shares our commitment to not only demonstrate the power of electromobility today, but also work together on a journey to build the world we want to live in.”

The championship will be held from July to the end of 2022, with stop-offs in Sweden, Germany, Norway, Latvia, Portugal and Belgium plus one additional venue still to be announced.