RX2 on Ice will feature three different classes, forming a clear pathway of progression for motorsport’s fastest-growing discipline – rallycross.
The eponymous headline category will see drivers go wheel-to-wheel in identical Supercar Lites machinery. These cars benefit from a tubular spaceframe structure combined with a high-performance composite plastic exterior and interior body, and are powered by a naturally-aspirated, 2.4-litre Duratec engine generating 310bhp and 300Nm of torque.
A six-speed sequential SADEV gearbox is mated to permanent four-wheel drive with two LSD differentials, while durability is ensured by ALCON 330mm ventilated brake discs with four-piston calipers front and rear, double wishbone suspension and Öhlins TTX adjustable dampers.
The RX Academy on Ice – which forms part of one of the sport’s leading driver development programmes – will welcome a field of up to ten factory-made, front wheel-drive Renault Clio RS RX race cars.
These identical ‘pocket rockets’ are powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine delivering 220bhp, with a SADEV six-speed sequential gearbox, state-of-the-art Reiger suspension and studded tyres. The category is open to drivers aged 14 and over on 1 January, 2018.
Speedcar Xtreme, finally, offers a perfect introduction to the world of rallycross competition, with its potent crosskarts producing 150bhp from a Suzuki GSX-R 750cc engine and weighing just 312kg – propelling them from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.3 seconds and on to an impressive top speed of 180km/h.