Cooper Tire Europe, already a global force in rallycross tyre products, has expanded its involvement in the sport and will be the sole tyre partner to the RX Lites series.
RX Lites is a strictly-controlled, one-make championship designed to provide an affordable platform to showcase the talent of emerging young rallycross drivers.
The 2015 series features eight rounds, with each event running as part of the FiA World Rallycross championship calendar.
Rallycross is one of the most exciting forms of motorsport to watch, and also one of the most challenging technically when it comes to tyre supply, because the tyres have to cope with extreme treatment on varying track surfaces.
RX Lites pits young drivers head-to-head in the same cars, meaning that driving talent comes to the fore. The cars are specially-prepared OMSE Lites vehicles featuring 2.4-litre engines producing 310bhp. They are four-wheel drive with sequential gearboxes, providing young drivers with the perfect schooling for a career in rallycross.
Body: Tubular Spaceframe Structure combined with high performance composite plastic exterior and interior body. CDS rollcage.
Dimensions: Length: 3800mm, Width: 1800mm, Wheelbase: 2489mm.
Weight: 1100kg minimum with driver included.
Engine: Naturally aspired Duratec block 2400cc. Four cylinders, 16 valves. Power: 310 BHP Torque: 300 Nm
Transmission: Permanent four-wheel drive with 2 LSD differentials. 6 speed sequential SADEV gearbox. ALCON 2 plate clutch.
Suspension: Front – Double wishbone suspension. OHLINS TTX adjustable dampers. Rear – Double wishbone suspension. OHLINS TTX adjustable dampers.
Brakes: Front – ALCON 330 mm ventilated brake discs with 4 pistons brake calipers. Rear – ALCON 330 mm ventilated brake discs with 4 pistons brake calipers.
Wheels: 8” x17” lightweight MOTEGI RACING wheel rims.
The RX Lites championship has launched a talent search to encourage more new talent into rallycross. Short-listed applicants will take part in a shoot-out style evaluation at Lydden Hill circuit on May 21, just ahead of the British round of the championship on May 22-24.
For more information about RX Lites, please visit: www.rxlites.com