Andros Trophy: the ice race conquered by electric cars?

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Touring car racer Aurelien Panis won the opening round of the Andros Trophy ice racing series at Val Thorens in the championship’s new top-category electric car. He drove a ‘Plastic’Up’-entered electric car run by Blancpain GT Series and GT4 team Sainteloc Racing, beating several internal combustion engine cars in the process.

The series’ new electric silhouette cars feature four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering while producing around 250 kW of power. Three electric cars were entered, driven by PanisFranck Lagorce and Nico Prost, competing directly against ten ICE cars.

Developed by Exagon Engineering, the 2MO series is planning to switch the top category to electric cars next winter. Three electric cars started the opening round at Val Thorens, driven by Nicolas Prost, who gave the concept its debut as a test in January, former Formula 1 driver Franck Lagorce and Panis.

The background

In 2017, Andros Trophy promotors 2MO secured permission from the French motorsport federation (FFSA) to increase the performance of the single-make electric category cars that currently run as a support class to the headline Elite Pro series.

The ‘Trophee Andros Electrique’ category, which was launched in 2010, is for identical cars using a 90Kw motor to power the rear wheels. The cars have the equivalent of around 122 horsepower and 200Nm torque, while the spaceframe four-wheel drive, four-wheel steer machines in the Elite Pro category are powered by a naturally aspirated V6 engine producing over 300 horsepower.

Loeb in the future

 Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will race a top-category Elite Pro electric car in the final round of the Andros Trophy winter series in Paris next month. The Hyundai WRC driver will join series regular Franck Lagorce in an Exagon Engineering-built and run machine as part of an unusual format for the Stade de France event on February 9.

Instead of two drivers sharing a car in the separate Elite and Elite Pro categories, for the Parisian finale drivers will share a car in the same class in an endurance type format, which includes mid-race driver changes.