Fife team sets out to put Scotland on the map for sustainable motorsport but needs funding to realise its vision
A competitive junior rally motorsport team from Fife has launched the UK’s first zero emissions racing car.
eRally Motorsport Ltd, which is based in Rosyth, has introduced the eRally Zoe, a car that’s been custom-built from a Renault Zoe to be fully electric and competition-ready.
The car was developed by eRally Motorsport founders Ellya Gold, a former British Rally Championship and current Scottish Rally Championship driver, and Chairman of Formula 1000 Tristan Dodd.
It follows a number of initiatives undertaken by the Fife-based team, which has also taken the car to the classroom to educate future drivers that electric cars can be fun, perform better and, unlike other cars, don’t have negative effects on health or the environment.
Now the ambitious team is planning to launch the world’s first electric rally championship – the eRally Championship – in Scotland within the next three years.
It also has plans to introduce another four cars to the fleet, which will be available to lease or buy by 2018.
eRally Motorsport has even been working towards developing its own mobile rapid charge station, rather than relying on the existing charging network to keep the cars moving, and is looking for green-minded businesses to help power its vision.
Aberdeen’s EC-OG and independent software vendor Lightning Tools have already signed up as sponsors but more funding is required to achieve the team’s vision in full.
Jean Hay, Co-Driver and Project Coordinator at eRally Motorsport, said: “As we reach our vision for the future of rally motorsports the support from Scottish businesses is vital.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response so far from school visits and junior rally championships and are excited for the coming years and what they will bring for eRally and the sport.
“The much-needed support will go towards testing and further development of our fleet of eRally cars and will be an exciting journey for all our sponsors.”