Thu, 22/08/2019 - 11:00

  • Vauxhall’s sister brand Opel becomes the first car manufacturer to offer an electric rally car
  • The competition car is based on the Vauxhall Corsa-e, which is now available to order
  • The Corsa-e Rally will premiere at the IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show in September


Luton – Vauxhall reports today that sister brand Opel has become the first vehicle manufacturer in the world to offer an electric car for customer rally sport. Based on the Corsa-e, the electric competition car will make its world premiere at the IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show on 12th to 22nd September 2019.

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 209 miles (WLTP) and fast-charging to 80 per cent of battery capacity in just 30 minutes.

Full information about the new Vauxhall Corsa-e can be found here: https://gb-media.vauxhall.co.uk/en-gb/vauxhall-reveals-first-ever-electric-corsa

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


                                            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