Global Rallycross Announces New Class

LOS ANGELES, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Rallycross (GRC) is pleased to announce GRC Lites, a new rallycross class that will support the series' wildly popular Supercars class at all US races in 2013.

"We want to provide a place for our next generation of star drivers," said GRC Founder Chip Pankow. "The GRC Lites class is the perfect training ground for any driver who wants to get started in rallycross and it will provide them exposure to all of our fans."

GRC Lites is a tightly controlled "spec" class, designed with an emphasis on driver skill. Built by top rallycross preparer OlsbergsMSE, Lites produce just over half the power of the top Supercar vehicles and are designed to be more manageable for developing star drivers.

Global Rallycross Supercar driver and reigning champion, Tanner Foust, has tested the GRC Lites car and commented, "The GRC Lites cars are a great addition to the Global Rallycross lineup. They're challenging to drive yet incredibly capable cars that will carry as much speed as the supercars through some corners and the additional races on the track during the race day will certainly add to the entertainment factor for the fans."

"The racing is going to be close, since all cars conform to the same specification, and driving talent will be the deciding factor in these races," said OlsbergsMSE CEO Andreas Eriksson, who worked with GRC to develop the class. "There is no better place than GRC Lites competitions to learn the sport."

GRC Lites cars are purpose-built racers that are fast, nimble, and exciting to watch. They are all-wheel drive and capable of handling the jumps, door-to-door combat and surface changes of a typical rallycross course. The class will run as a support series on the same courses as the Supercars at all US GRC events, with the Last Chance Qualifiers and Finals expected to run immediately before the main Supercar races.

"GRC Lites continues the growth of Global Rallycross and will provide the perfect venue for drivers to hone their rallycross skills in front of our thousands of spectators," said GRC CEO Colin Dyne.

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, the GRC Lites series champion will be awarded a drive in an OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST Supercar and the top three finishers in the championship will receive a Supercar test with OlsbergsMSE.

Rallycross is a blend of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. It promises intense, crowd-pleasing action in a fan-friendly track environment. As many as 10 drivers line up to start at once, piloting high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns and changing track and surface conditions that can include dirt, gravel, and wet and dry tarmac.

GRC introduced the sport to the United States with the first event held at X Games in 2010. For the past two years, the series has been limited to top-spec Supercars, which are production-based, turbocharged, all-wheel drive vehicles that produce 600 horsepower and go 0-60 in two seconds. The OlsbergsMSE GRC Lites are the only other vehicles homologated for GRC competition.

Technical partners include AEM (electronics and engine controls), Motegi Racing (wheels), Mountune (engine), Avitas Motorsport (chassis and bodywork), Sadev (transmission and driveline components) and OlsbergsMSE.

Vehicle specifications



Engine

2.4 Liter Duratech built by Mountune/Olsbergs

Crankshaft

Forged steel

Pistons

Forged

Camshafts

Mountune/Olsbergs design and manufacture

Engine Management

AEM Infinity

Horsepower (bhp)

310

Torque (lb ft)

220



Transmission

Sadev BV5 4x4 Central Transaxle sequential

Gears

6 forward, 1 reverse

Driveshaft

Sadev

Propshaft

Sadev

Maximum torque (lb ft)

660



Brakes

Alcon 4-piston calipers with 330mm discs f + r

Handbrake

Sadev WRC version



Dampers

Ohlins TTX44 twin tube with Progressive Damping System



Wheels

Motegi Racing forged lightweight rallycross

About Global Rallycross

Global Rallycross combines the best aspects of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition to deliver intense action in a fan-friendly environment.  Global Rallycross pits production-based, small cars against each other for door-to-door racing featuring elements such as dirt, asphalt and jumps.  Drivers progress through a series of heat races to advance into a final race, where winner takes all.

About OlsbergsMSE

Olsbergs Motorsports Evolution is a leading automotive innovation company based in Nynashmn, Sweden, with operations in Huntington Beach, California. Led by Swedish rallycross champion Andreas Eriksson, OlsbergsMSE is recognized as one of the top rallycross outfits in the world. A respected front-running team in Europe, OMSE burst onto the United States competition circuit five years ago with its powerful, 600 horsepower rallycross Ford Fiestas and continues to revolutionize the sport with its aggressive technological advancement and professional operations. Fielding top drivers including Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan and Marcus Gronholm, the team has won the 2011 and 2012 Global Rallycross Championships since the sport of rallycross came to the United States and has finished in the top ranks at X Games every year since OlsbergsMSE debuted there in 2009. 

Media Contact

For more information on Global Rallycross, please log on to www.global-rallycross.com. For all media requests, please contact Kate Osborne kosborne@global-rallycross.com. Check out Global Rallycross at facebook.com/globalrallycross and on twitter: @globalrallyx

SOURCE Global Rallycross



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