Nils Andersson is looking to create an instant impact when the Swedish ace makes his debut in the FIA RX2e Championship at Höljes later this month (August 20-22).
The 21-year-old has joined the fray for Round 2 of the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship – World RX of Sweden – having seen the success of the series’ maiden event at the World RX of Catalunya.
Andersson will be playing catch-up compared to the majority of the field who already have experience racing the new RX2e car in the lead FIA World Rallycross Championship support class, but the youngster has more than enough talent to hit the ground running in the pioneering category.
Beginning his motorsport career racing in Crosskart as a 13-year-old, the Arvika native steadily progressed up the ladder in domestic competitions before winning consecutive RallyX Nordic CrossCar titles in 2018 and 2019.
Andersson then stepped up to the Supercar Lites category in 2020, helped by the support of sponsor Thorén I Kil, and reached the final on his series debut at Höljes.
A frustrating campaign followed but a switch to Kristoffersson Motorsport prior to the 2021 season saw a dramatic upturn in results, with Andersson emerging as a genuine title contender under the guidance of three-time World RX Champion Johan Kristoffersson.
A maiden podium in Round 3 at Höljes was followed by his first win in the series during the second leg of the double-header at the famous Värmland circuit, and another rostrum finish at OuluZone has left him as closest challenger to points leader Tommi Hallman.
With the upcoming RX2e event taking place just one week after the RallyX Nordic finale, Andersson is expected to be on the top of his game and ready to throw down the gauntlet to the compact but highly-competitive field.
The Swede will have to get to grips with the brand new RX2e car, which is capable of generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque. The design, the product of a collaboration between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, produces greater performance levels than its RX2 predecessor and has already demonstrated a capacity for exhilarating wheel-to-wheel racing.
Nils Andersson said: “I really think that RX2e is a perfect platform to grow and learn in. The technology is very impressive and the electric cars will be really fun to race.
“Höljes is one of the tracks that I have experienced the most success on so far during my career, so for sure I’m really looking forward to getting started!”
Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said: “The addition of Nils to the FIA RX2e Championship is a hugely exciting development, as he is considered one of the brightest young talents currently competing on the rallycross scene.
“Nils has proven himself a consistent frontrunner on the RallyX Nordic package during recent seasons, and he adds further class to our already highly-competitive field. We are all eager to see what he can do when stepping up to RX2e and getting his hands on our all-electric machinery.”
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About FIA RX2e Championship
Sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), RX2e is a joint venture between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies, Olsbergs MSE and RX Promotion.
The vision for the FIA RX2e Championship is to provide a pathway to the top of the sport for aspiring rallycross stars, with five European events planned for its inaugural season in 2021, all in support of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
2021 FIA RX2e Championship Calendar
July 23 – 24 Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
August 20 – 22 Höljes, Sweden
September 3-5 Lohéac, France
October 9-10 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
November 27-28 Nürburgring, Germany
About QEV Technologies
QEV Technologies, a pioneering electric mobility global company created in Spain, is backed by a long and solid track record in the sustainable mobility sector, with a commitment to electric vehicles and a decade of experience in the manufacture of electric hypercars. The company is focused on the design and manufacture of electric vehicles for different sectors, using and developing cutting-edge technology, as well as on the conversion of combustion vehicles to electric vehicles. QEV Technologies has also an extensive-winning experience in motor racing.