Following on a call for tenders, FIA has appointed ORECA Technology as single chassis supplier for the Electric World Rallycross Championship from 2020 to 2023. ORECA’s experience as a race car manufacturer, and more particularly the company’s expertise regarding carbon chassis, have enabled it to submit a proposal with solid foundations, against around ten other candidates or so.
A common chassis for all manufacturers
Already involved in endurance (LMP1, LMP2 and DPi in the United States), but also in rallying with the R4 kit, ORECA Technology is now about to tackle a new challenge: to supply all manufacturers entering the World Rallycross Championship with a common chassis, due to switch to electric in 2020. An exciting project within a booming discipline that ORECA Group is already rather familiar with, having been involved in the championship as a team but also more recently as an engine supplier, and having achieved national, European and World titles.
Appointed by FIA, ORECA Technology will be in charge of designing, manufacturing and supplying each contender with a common chassis kit including carbon monocoque and safety structure, braking and steering systems. ORECA will thus work hand in hand with Williams, appointed as battery supplier. ORECA’s technical staff will collaborate with the different brands involved. Those will need to come forward before mid-July. They will sit their respective body shells on top of the common chassis.
Carbon chassis know-how
Fully-fledged manufacturer since 2008, ORECA has developed its range of activities throughout the recent seasons, particularly in endurance racing with LMP1 successes achieved by its own team or through partnership with Rebellion Racing, as well as in LMP2 with over 60 wins – 3 of which back to back in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – and 16 titles. More recently, ORECA has shone in the DPi class with Acura in the United States. Over one hundred carbon chassis meeting the highest performance and safety criteria have been manufactured as part of this sports prototypes activity alone. Additionally, ORECA is also involved in rallying with the R4 kit developed by the design bureau and adaptable to several models.
ORECA Technology has also stood out, beyond its expertise, through its customer-competition service. This technical support and collaborative work with different stakeholders is one of the major aspects of the Electric World Rallycross Championship programme.
ORECA Group Technical Director David Floury: “Developing the Electric World Rallycross Championship chassis motivates us all very much. It’s a fantastic challenge. Our engine department is already involved the discipline. This project perfectly fits into ORECA’s diversification strategy. While our manufacturer and team activity in endurance remain at the heart of what we do, we’re also working on diversifying our work, heading towards new horizons. We’re looking forward to working with the FIA technical team as well as battery supplier Williams.”
ORECA Group CEO Hugues de Chaunac: “It’s fabulous news for us. It’s been over a decade now that our design bureau and technical staff have been working relentlessly for ORECA to become a reference race car manufacturer. After the R4 kit in 2016, winning this call for tenders is a new step. We’re coming to a new discipline. We’ll be committed to collaborating with several major teams, and particularly benchmark manufacturers in electric technology, in the best way possible. ORECA has always enjoyed taking part in motorsport evolution, as demonstrated again by this new project.”