A new Affordable Cross Car project, designed to offer an entry point into the off-road and rally pyramids, has been unveiled by FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem at the federation’s conference in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

By Nida Anis

The Cross Car category was first launched in 2018 and currently features junior and senior categories. Following on from its success, the FIA has launched the Affordable Cross Car, which will create two new classes below the top tiers of Cross Car racing.

Level 1 of the Affordable Cross Car category costs drivers approximately 5,000 EUR, whilst Level 2 will involve costs of around 10,000 EUR. Level 1 is aimed primarily at entry-level drivers, whilst Level 2 offers a more intermediate platform for incentive drives and beginner competitions.

The FIA will make the design blueprints for Affordable Cross Cars available to its National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) free of charge. This will enable them to engage with local manufacturers and suppliers in order to keep costs down.

It’s worth noting that these designs have not compromised on safety and performance. The Affordable Cross Car project incorporates flexibility into its design, allowing different engines to be used depending on the desired power output and their availability across different markets.

Robert Reid: Affordable Cross Cars “a really important rollout”

FIA Deputy President for Sport, Robert Reid, emphasised the importance of the Affordable Cross Car project. “This is a really important rollout for us,” he said. “It’s vital that the blueprints for the vehicle are being given to our members free of charge.

“During the course of this project we were shocked to find traditional cross car engines not available globally. “e have opened up the flexibility there by designing the chassis to be able to fit a multitude of different engines.

“We can now combine this with projects like Motorsport in a Box and really deliver regional empowerment to our clubs.”

ASNs who have little to no motorsport presence in their countries can use Affordable Cross Cars on simple slaloms using Motorsport in a Box, whilst larger clubs with more active motor racing scenes can capitalise on this opportunity to introduce a new discipline.

The Affordable Cross Car project will be delivered by the FIA Sport Development Department. FIA Secretary-General for Sport, Valerio Iachizzi, and FIA Head of Sport Clubs Development and Education, Greg Symes, will provide additional workshops for ASN representatives.

“We are delighted that many clubs have already applied for Sport Funding for the project,” said Iachizzi. “We can of course now start delivering, and I really encourage more of our members to get in touch with us and start on the Affordable Cross Car journey!”

The unveiling ceremony was concluded with a demonstration of the car by FIA Women in Motorsport Commission Chair and rally driver Buru Çetinkaya outside the Silk Road Samarkand complex.

Header photo credit: FIA

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