SuperCharge reveal a road-car based electric motorsport series
Could this be the next Formula E rival?
A brand new motorsport series featuring hybrid crossover road cars, called SuperCharge, has revealed more information about their exciting venture. The series is set to start at the beginning of 2022, providing the world has somewhat recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. The race calendar will see the series race in cities based in Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, Middle East and USA. This intends to promote the use of electric mobility around the world.
In collaboration with many vehicle manufacturers, SuperCharge will combine the competition of motorsport with the latest electric car wizardry, including next-gen battery technology. Similar to Formula E, the series will take the circus to urban settings, building a busy yet culture-packed environment.
Why should we be excited?
The people behind SuperCharge have spent the last 18 months developing and perfecting the series. The series aims to be fully relevant and cost-effective as well as push the boundaries of technological evolution. Why are the car manufacturers interested? They get vital data for their EV development as well as a commercial benefit.
The cars will look like normal road cars which the public will, or will be able to, buy. The racecar, named SC01 will offer performance similar to a Formula One car. It'll have an electric motor drivetrain on the front and rear axle, generating a maximum output of 500kW, at peak performance. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes just 2.5 seconds which is quicker than the Ferrari 812 Superfast.
Rules and regulations
The teams have limited ways they can alter the setup of the car. The first thing they can change is bodywork which won't differ too much from the road car version. The second is the actual battery technology which will be unique to each manufacturer.
To ensure an enjoyable experience, technical regulations will mean that the only way a driver can improve their performance on track comes down to driver skill, mechanical setup and the battery technology of the team. It's also important to note that driver aids such as traction control, differential adjustment and brake-by-wire are prohibited from being used.
What about the actual racing?
The approach SuperCharge has taken for its circuits is a mashup of Formula E and Race Of Champions. The circuits will be located in bustling city centres, making use of parks or existing race tracks in an 'amphitheatre' style.
Every race will feature the four following unique elements: a 2.5m ramp which can make the cars jump a whopping ten metres, a low friction zone to allow the cars to slide or drift, a water gantry similar to a rally stage and a once-per-race lap extension allowing the drivers to gain an advantage over their competition.
The format of SuperCharge races are less straightforward. Each event is a knockout event featuring 16 drivers from eight teams going head-to-head against each other. The drivers will compete in 15 quick-fire races with six laps minimum. The points system is the same as normal other motorsport events. Drivers can score race points in the bid to win three separate championships: drivers, manufacturers and team championship.
In safe hands
Co-founder of SuperCharge, Rob Armstrong, is quite experienced. He's been involved in Formula One, WME IMG, WRC and the FIM Speedway World Championships. Former racing-driver Max Welti is the co-founder of SuperCharge and has orchestrated motorsport events for manufacturers like Audi, BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes and Porsche.
Managing Director, Günther Holzer had this to say: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting project. Electric motorsport will be a major part of our future business and we look forward to working with SuperCharge on this next-generation of race cars.”
Making its mark
The central theme around SuperCharge is to promote the idea of electric mobility. They have made sure to include electric car superchargers at all venues as well as many smaller events that aim to educate the public about the benefits of going electric. Emerging in the midst of a digital revolution, SuperCharge will also try to create a unique user-experience as they will make the most of the connectivity of social media.
The organisers of SuperCharge are in cooperation with the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) and Motorsport UK in order to become a FIA International series.