Norwegian team Holten Motorsport AS has become the first team to commit to Projekt E for the inaugural electric rallycross season in 2020.
Holten Motorsport has had a long association with the FIA World Rallycross and European Rallycross Championships.
Daniel Holten was the first driver to campaign a Volkswagen Beetle in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2015 in partnership with Eklund Motorsport.
The previous year he raced a Ford Fiesta ST in World RX and in a Euro Supercar. He has also competed in RX Lites and RX Sweden since making his debut in 2010. Earlier this year Holten was crowned Norwegian Rallycross champion in a TouringCar Fiesta.
As the progression to electrification in motorsport gathers momentum, Holten Motorsport AS were keen to be among the first to make that move and sign up to the series. However, they are yet to announce their driver line-up for the Projekt E series.
"This move to Projekt E will push us in the right direction for EV technology development," said Nils Reimers, Holten Motorsport Project Manager.
"It is a fact that motorsport is the spearhead for new automotive technology and Projekt E brings us on to a technological platform that makes our advances and learning relevant in a changing automotive industry."
Michael Sakowicz, CEO and Founder of STARD is delighted that Holten Motorsport has signed up to the Projekt E series. "The official Projekt E presentation by STARD and IMG was just a few weeks‘ ago, yet we are already starting to see commitments from teams as they prepare for this new undertaking," he said.
"We are delighted that Holten Motorsport are the first team to officially announce their participation. Projekt E is here. We were not talking two years in advance - you can buy the kit and race in 2020. It´s as simple as that.
“At a recent meeting in Vienna we were able to provide the team at Holten AS with the opportunity to drive the car and this totally sold the concept. We are now looking forward to working with Holten AS as our customer on their path to a new era of racing.”
Written By - Junaid Samodien