SuperCharge, a new all-electric road car-based series, has been announced ahead of a planned launch in 2022.
Founded by former IMG head of global motorsport Rob Armstrong — who was responsible for the FIA World Rallycross Championship — and motorsports industry veteran Max Welti, the global series will feature eight events in urban environments across Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and U.S.
Utilizing a common Holzer-built base chassis dubbed the “SC01”, the SUV crossover-type vehicles will feature a spec dual-motor electric drivetrain, producing up to 500kW, with teams able to design the car’s bodywork and develop its own battery technology.
The manufacturer-focused series will feature eight two-car teams in a knockout-style format that will be based on a series of 15 “quick-fire” races held on circuits roughly 1 km in length.
Each track will feature a 2.5-meter ramp that could launch cars up to 10 meters into the air on every lap, along with low-friction zones, a water gantry and a ‘SuperLoop’ extension that can be used to gain an advantage over competing drivers.
“Motorsport is at a crossroads,” said Armstrong. “Alejandro Agag and Jean Todt have done a great job pioneering electric motorsport.
“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.
“We believe it is only a matter of time before there are more electric motorsport series.
“Given this rapidly increasing EV momentum, we believe the timing and appeal of SuperCharge is ideal and see a clear space for it as the road car-relevant motorsport series.
“We have carefully conceived SuperCharge to take account into these societal changes and to consider the needs of car companies, fans, commercial parties and venues in order to make a truly sustainable and commercially viable new series.
“SuperCharge takes motorsport into a new and hugely relevant arena and we can’t wait to spark the series into life across the globe.”
Welti added: “I’ve been involved with many ground breaking race series as both a driver and promoter and realized that motorsport as we know it has to change.
“SuperCharge has been developed to be an intrinsic part of that change, and we are working closely with leading manufacturers and key suppliers, like German car constructor Holzer, in turning this exciting concept into reality.
“Undoubtedly, it is an exciting time to be involved in revolutionizing the next generation of motorsport.”
SuperCharge is “working closely” with the BARC and Motorsport UK as it seeks to apply to become an FIA International Series.