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FIA World Rallycross Championship

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FIA World Rallycross Championship
World Rallycross Championship 2021 Logo.svg
Inaugural season2014
Tire suppliersCooper
Drivers' championSweden Johan Kristoffersson
Teams' championSweden Hansen Motorsport
Motorsport current event.svg
Current season

The FIA World Rallycross Championship (official abbreviation is World RX) is a rallycross series organised by the FIA in conjunction with series promoter Rallycross Promoter GmbH (founded by Red Bull and KW25).[1] From the inaugural season in 2014 to 2020, sanctioning was shared with IMG Motorsport.


Regular lap vs. Joker lap (2016 World RX of Norway)
Regular lap vs. Joker lap (2016 World RX of Norway)
Cars line up on the grid before a Semi-Final
Cars line up on the grid before a Semi-Final

The series currently consists of 12 two-day events driven on closed circuits with mixed surface (mostly asphalt and gravel). Each event consists of:[2]

  • 4 Qualifying heats. In each of the 4 series there are smaller races containing 3 to 5 cars, and the driver with the fastest overall race time after 4 laps (including one Joker Lap) is declared the qualifying winner of Q1, Q2, Q3 and/or Q4. Drivers earn 'intermediate points' based on their positions. After the 4 qualifying series, the points are added up and the 12 drivers with the most points in the 'intermediate standings' move into the next round.
  • 2 Semi-Finals. 6 cars race in each of both semi-finals, which are run over 6 laps (incl. one Joker Lap). The top 3 drivers in each semi-final move into the final round.
  • Final. Like the semi-finals, this race is contested by 6 cars over 6 laps (incl. one Joker Lap). The winner of the final is deemed to be the event winner. However, the final winner has not necessarily claimed the most championship points from the whole event.


Two classes are currently run, RX1 and RX2. An electric category was planned to be introduced in 2020,[3][4] but it was announced on August 2018 that the introduction of a fully electric Championship would be delayed until 2021 to allow manufacturers more time to submit an interest to join following the rules change.[5] The eRX2 was announced on August 2020 to be replacing the RX2 category for the 2021 season.[6]

The top-level RX1 Supercars division use 2.0 L, turbocharged, four-cylinder engines, which produce approximately 570–600 hp (430–450 kW), and between 620–680 lb⋅ft (840–920 N⋅m) of torque,[7] while using a 45 mm (1.8 in) intake restrictor.[8][9][10][11][12] The engines run 50 psi (3.4 bar) of boost pressure,[13][14] and completely unrestricted, are capable of making about 1,000 hp (750 kW) and 1,100 lb⋅ft (1,500 N⋅m) of torque.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22] They are four-wheel-drive, and use a Sadev 6-speed sequential gearbox. They use launch control, and are capable of accelerating from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in under 2 seconds; which is faster than a Formula One car. Fully prepared, the cars weight about 1,300 kg (2,900 lb), including the driver, and with oil and fuel.[23][24]

The second-tier RX2 Supercar Lites division uses a 16-valve, 2.4 L, naturally aspirated, Ford Duratec inline-four engine, making between 310–320 hp (230–240 kW) and 300 N⋅m (220 lbf⋅ft) of torque. They are also four-wheel-drive, and also use a 6-speed sequential gearbox.[25][26] They have a minimum weight of 1,100 kg (2,400 lb), including the driver.[27][28][29]

The RX3 (formerly Super 1600) class uses 1.6 L (1600 cc), naturally aspirated, four-cylinder engines; generating between 220–250 hp (160–190 kW) and between 190–200 N⋅m (140–150 lbf⋅ft) of torque. They are only two-wheel-drive (front-wheel-drive), and use either a 5- or 6-speed sequential gearbox. They weigh between 920–1,000 kg (2,030–2,200 lb) including the driver, depending on how many valves per cylinder the engine has. They are capable of a 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time in just under 4.5 seconds.[30][31][32]

The top-level all-electric RX1e Supercar division uses two electric motors, each producing 340 hp (250 kW) and 440 N⋅m (320 lbf⋅ft) of torque; for a total of 680 hp (510 kW) and 880 N⋅m (650 lbf⋅ft) of instant torque.[33][34] They are four-wheel-drive, weigh between 1,300–1,330 kg (2,870–2,930 lb), and can accelerate from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 1.8 seconds.[35][36]

The second-tier all-electric RX2e division uses two electric motors, each producing 167.5 hp (124.9 kW) and 255 N⋅m (188 lbf⋅ft) of torque; for a total of 335 hp (250 kW) and 510 N⋅m (380 lbf⋅ft) of torque. They are also four-wheel-drive, and weigh 1,290 kg (2,840 lb).[37][38][39]

The Projekt E electric rallycross car
The Projekt E electric rallycross car

A new electric rallycross car, Projekt E, was revealed in September 2019 at the Riga Motor Museum in Latvia.[40]

Points system

World Championship points are scored as follows:

Points Scale Position
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th
Heats 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Semi-Finals 6 5 4 3 2 1
Final 8 5 4 3 2 1
  • A red background denotes drivers who did not advance from the round




Records correct up to and including the 2021 World RX of Germany.


Season Championship for Drivers Championship for Teams
Driver Team Car Team Car
2014 Norway Petter Solberg Sweden PSRX France Citroën DS3 Sweden Olsbergs MSE United States Ford Fiesta ST
2015 Norway Petter Solberg Sweden SDRX France Citroën DS3 Sweden Team Peugeot-Hansen France Peugeot 208
2016 Sweden Mattias Ekström Sweden EKS RX Germany Audi S1 Sweden EKS RX Germany Audi S1
2017 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Germany Volkswagen Polo GTI Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Germany Volkswagen Polo GTI
2018 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Germany Volkswagen Polo R Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Germany Volkswagen Polo R
2019 Sweden Timmy Hansen Sweden Team Hansen MJP France Peugeot 208 Sweden Team Hansen MJP France Peugeot 208
2020 Sweden Johan Kristofferson Sweden Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS Germany Volkswagen Polo SwedenKYB Team JC Germany Audi S1
2021 Sweden Johan Kristofferson Sweden EKS KYB JC Germany Audi S1 Sweden Hansen World RX Team France Peugeot 208
Season RX Lites/RX2/RX2e Champions
Driver Team Car
2014 Sweden Kevin Eriksson Sweden Olsbergs MSE OMSE RX Lite Car
2015 Sweden Kevin Hansen Sweden Hansen Junior Team OMSE RX Lite Car
2016 France Cyril Raymond France Cyril Raymond OMSE RX Lite Car
2017 France Cyril Raymond France Cyril Raymond OMSE RX2 Car
2018 Sweden Oliver Eriksson Sweden OMSE RX2 Car OMSE RX2 Car
2019 Sweden Oliver Eriksson Sweden Olsbergs MSE OMSE RX2 Car
2020 Norway Henrik Krogstad Sweden Olsbergs MSE OMSE RX2 Car
2021 Belgium Guillaume De Ridder Belgium Guillaume De Ridder OMSE QEV RX2e


Event wins by driver

The drivers champion of the first two seasons, Petter Solberg
The drivers champion of the first two seasons, Petter Solberg
2016 champion Mattias Ekström
2016 champion Mattias Ekström
2017-2018-2020 and 2021 champion Johan Kristoffersson
2017-2018-2020 and 2021 champion Johan Kristoffersson


Driver is a World Champion
Bold Driver has competed in the 2021 season
Wins Driver First win Last win
26 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson 2015 World RX of Portugal 2021 World RX of Benelux
12 Sweden Mattias Ekström 2014 World RX of Sweden 2020 World RX of Latvia
Sweden Timmy Hansen 2014 World RX of Italy 2021 World RX of France
10 Norway Petter Solberg 2014 World RX of Portugal 2017 World RX of Great Britain
7 Norway Andreas Bakkerud 2014 World RX of Great Britain 2019 World RX of Canada
5 Finland Niclas Grönholm 2019 World RX of Norway 2021 World RX of Portugal
2 Sweden Kevin Hansen 2019 World RX of Abu Dhabi 2021 World RX of Spain
France Davy Jeanney 2015 World RX of Germany 2015 World RX of Canada
Finland Toomas Heikkinen 2014 World RX of Belgium 2015 World RX of Belgium
France Sébastien Loeb 2016 World RX of Latvia 2018 World RX of Belgium
1 Latvia Reinis Nitišs 2014 World RX of Norway 2014 World RX of Norway
United States Tanner Foust 2014 World RX of Finland 2014 World RX of Finland
Sweden Robin Larsson 2015 World RX of Argentina 2015 World RX of Argentina
Sweden Kevin Eriksson 2016 World RX of Germany 2016 World RX of Germany
Russia Timur Timerzyanov 2019 World RX of Belgium 2019 World RX of Belgium
Sweden Sebastian Eriksson 2019 World RX of Sweden 2019 World RX of Sweden

Event podiums by driver

Podiums Driver
37 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson
33 Sweden Timmy Hansen
30 Norway Petter Solberg
Norway Andreas Bakkerud
26 Sweden Mattias Ekström
17 France Sébastien Loeb
8 Finland Toomas Heikkinen
Latvia Reinis Nitišs
Sweden Kevin Hansen
6 Sweden Robin Larsson
5 Russia Timur Timerzyanov
4 Finland Niclas Grönholm
Sweden Anton Marklund
3 France Davy Jeanney
2 United States Ken Block
United States Tanner Foust
Sweden Kevin Eriksson
Latvia Jānis Baumanis
Germany Timo Scheider
1 United Kingdom Andrew Jordan
United Kingdom Liam Doran
France Jean-Baptiste Dubourg
France Jerome Grosset-Janin
Finland Joni Wiman
Sweden Richard Göransson
Finland Juha Rytkönen
Sweden Sebastian Eriksson

Event wins by car

Wins Car
28 Germany Volkswagen Polo
18 France Peugeot 208
16 Germany Audi S1
9 France Citroën DS3
7 South Korea Hyundai i20
6 United States Ford Fiesta
3 United States Ford Focus
1 Germany Audi A1

Event wins by manufacturer

Wins Manufacture
29 Germany Volkswagen
18 France Peugeot
17 Germany Audi
9 France Citroën
United States Ford
7 South Korea Hyundai

See also


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  2. ^ "FIA World Rallycross Championship". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ Ridge, Hal. "World Rallycross to introduce electric cars as early as 2020". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  4. ^ "World Rallycross set to add electric cars in future". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  5. ^ "World Rallycross delays electric switch until 2021". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  6. ^ Lindroos, Pontus (August 1, 2020). "FIA eRX2 Championship Unveiled".
  7. ^ "An Inside Look at mountune's GRC Ford Duratec Engine!". 26 February 2015.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Technical details of FIA World RX1e powertrain revealed". 4 December 2020.
  10. ^ "New Polo for driving thrills: The Volkswagen Polo R Supercar".
  11. ^
  12. ^ "WRC vs World Rallycross Cars | Petter Solberg's VW Polo [TECH TALK]".
  13. ^ "How Global Rallycross cars hit 60 MPH in 1.9 seconds".
  14. ^ "FIA Turbo restrictors".
  15. ^ "Citroen DS3: Going beyond WRC". 16 November 2012.
  16. ^ "Ds3 Supercar: Like Being Thrown Out of a Plane… Only Faster". 18 January 2013.
  17. ^ "Subaru Cars, Sedans, SUVs | Subaru of America".
  18. ^ "Audi S1 makes rallycross debut". 19 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Garage".
  20. ^ "About RallyX | RallyX".
  21. ^ "The Art of a World RX Supercar". 8 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Subaru shows new RX Supercar". 31 March 2015.
  23. ^ "What is Rallycross?".
  24. ^
  25. ^ "7 reasons why World Rallycross' RX2 cars are serious pieces of kit". Red Bull.
  26. ^ "WESMO COSWORTH Duratec 2.4 | Westermann GMBH Motorsport – official Partner of Caterham Cars, Cosworth and Brian James Trailers".
  27. ^ "The Car | SuperCarLites".
  28. ^ "Supercar Lites – OMSE".
  29. ^ "Supercar Lites | RallyX".
  30. ^ "Categories".
  31. ^ "2003 Citroën C2 Super 1600 Specifications".
  32. ^ "Rallycross".
  33. ^ "FIA World Rallycross Moving Forward with All-Electric Series in 2022". 30 September 2021.
  34. ^ "The future starts here: 14-car grid to electrify World RX action in 2022".
  35. ^ "E-Motorsports".
  36. ^ "Mikkelsen: World Rx's Electric Future 'On Another Level'".
  37. ^ "FIA World Rallycross Championship".
  38. ^ "Explaining eRX2's potential to revolutionize rallycross". 4 August 2020.
  39. ^ "FIA World Rallycross Championship".
  40. ^ Ridge, Hal (2019-09-13), First Projekt E electric rallycross car unveiled at Latvian WRX,, retrieved 2019-09-17
  41. ^ Scammell, David (2 July 2015). "DiRT Rally partners with FIA World Rallycross Championship for World RX update". Retrieved 5 July 2015.

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