The US-based racing series has concluded its sixth year and will run the all-electric standalone classes. The series will run alongside its current Supercar and Global Rallycross (GRC) Lite events during the season at venues across the United States.
Red Bull have announced the new series that will see electric make a go at the rallycross style racing. The announcement will please manufacturers who have been asking for a similar series to mirror road car development.
Volkswagen who is part of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and competes in the GRC has been wanting to compete in an all-electric series.
Scott Speed who is the current GRC champion won the 2016 drivers title driving a Volkswagen Beetle for the Andretti Autosport Team. The team also competes in the Formula E series.
Peugeot which competes in the FIA events has shown keen interest for an electric class. The new electric GRC series will be government in partnership with the United States Auto Club.
Red Bull GRC's CEO, Colin Dyne the 2018 electric GRC event will be a landmark year for the series itself.
He said, that the electric cars are the most talked about in the automotive industry and manufacturers across the globe have recognized its immense potential.
He further added that they want to embrace the technology by welcoming into their series as they continue to grow and expand.
He also said, that the current platform of GRC is the most enticing in motorsports right now to a young, millennial audience. Their small displacement, high horsepower turbocharged engines allow their manufacturers to showcase the performance capabilities of their current millennial-focussed offerings and it provides a glimpse into the exciting future of automotive industry.
Dyne said this electric series will add a new dynamic that will never replace the current formula but will be an important part of their expansion.