From time trials to jumps and skids, off-road and on-road…the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) is one of the world’s most spectacular motorsport disciplines. Led by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) since 2014, this competition is attracting growing audiences each year. As a team partner for Hansen, TotalEnergies is passionate about and committed to this championship.
A unique and thrilling competition
The WRX is not like any other motorsport championship. Firstly, because its 10 events set to take place in 2021 will be held on closed circuits around 1km long, scattered with jumps, on mixed tracks: around 60% off-road and 40% on-road. But the WRX has two key features that make it even more fascinating and unique. The first is the “Joker Lap”, an extra portion that extends the track and must be taken once by each driver during each race - the challenge is choosing the best time to do it! The second is the “spotter”, who is like a co-pilot except they are not in the car, but trackside. Spotters can see the entire racecourse and must assist drivers with their strategic choices.
The 2020 and 2021 Rallycross seasons were hugely disrupted by the pandemic. Initially postponed, races then took place without spectators. Nevertheless, the competition and fans’ involvement remained strong thanks to growing digital engagement. Broadcasting the races online and communicating on social media kept fans at the heart of the competition.
14drivers competing in the WRX
10races on the calendar for 2021
600 hpaverage power of a WRX engine