A podium finish with no clutch or gearbox
The crew of Raimund Baumschlager/Jürgen Heigl kept the ŠKODA RE-X1 Kreisel at the front from the start of the race. “For a car we drove for the first time in February, that’s great. I have to change my driving style a little bit, because the car is about 100 kilograms heavier than the classic FABIA Rally2 evo. There’s also no clutch or gearbox, so it’s a completely different way of judging speed when cornering. Otherwise, though, the RE-X1’s handling is getting closer and closer to a petrol-engined Rally2,” said Raimund Baumschlager, summing up his feelings about the racing experience.
On the second day of the event, most of the timed tests were run on wet asphalt, which played into the experienced Austrians’ hands. They moved up into third place on the very first stage. During the midday service break, Baumschlager’s smile showed that he was feeling good in the car. “I seem to be quite good in the wet with the ŠKODA RE-X1 Kreisel. I made a great tyre choice and we gradually increased the pace. Everything is working great,” said the multiple Austrian rally champion on Saturday morning.
Most of the measured tests were run on wet asphalt.
Charged in 15 minutes
In addition to the flawless performance of the in-car crew, ensuring that the car’s battery had enough power was also key to the successful completion of the race, of course. In agreement with the organisers, specially designed CHIMERO mobile charging stations were set up in predetermined places on the transfers between the stages. The Kreisel Electric team designed it to be mobile, easy to operate and at the same time provide a high charging power of up to 200 kW. CHIMERO can recharge the ŠKODA RE-X1 Kreisel to 80% in 15 minutes, so there’s no threat to the race schedule and consequently no risk of time check penalisation before the start of the next timed section. A fully charged ŠKODA RE-X1 Kreisel can travel up to 35 kilometres at a full race pace. During the Rallye Weiz, it was proven that this purely electrically powered prototype can, like the Rally2 specials, complete the full length of the race, i.e. 14 special stages covering 160.44 kilometres, or 514.33 kilometres including the transfers, without any problems.