Kristoffersson defends the Rallycross World Championship title with Volkswagen

The four-time WRX Champion clinched the title in dramatic circumstances at the Nurburgring last year, when he closed a 17-point deficit and beat fellow Swede Timmy Hansen on wins.

Last season, Kristoffersson jumped behind the wheel of an Audi S1, with his previous world titles achieved in a Volkswagen outing to which he returns in 2022. The Kristoffersson Motorsport-led team will field three electric Volkswagens in the series’ first all-electric vehicle campaign, with the exact model and specification yet to be confirmed.

Each WRX car is powered by 500kW twin engines capable of producing the equivalent of 680hp using the RX1e kit developed by Kreisel Electric.

Kristoffersson made electric racing history in 2021 by becoming the inaugural Extreme-E Champion alongside teammate Molly Taylor for Rosberg X Racing and is enjoying the new era for WRX.

“It’s really inspiring to be part of the new electric rallycross era from the start,” said Kristoffersson. “The last time we did a project of this magnitude was in 2014 when we built our own cars for the first season of the World Championship. The big difference is that back then I was completely inexperienced in rallycross – today it’s a bit different.

“Of course there are a lot of unknowns when everything is so new. We’ve all followed proven concepts in recent years, so the development steps were relatively small – but there is much greater potential in these new cars.

“Electricity is the future for both motorsport and the automotive industry in general, and being a part of driving this development is one of the most fascinating aspects of the sport for me. I’m expecting an incredibly tough and competitive season and I’m looking forward to getting started!”

Volkswagen dealer team BAUHAUS, Johan Kristoffersson

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Johan’s father and team manager Tommy Kristoffersson added: “This will be the biggest project in the history of KMS, with a small family business building and developing three new cars based on a new concept.

“Of course, this involves great personal responsibility, but we can rely on a team of extremely competent employees and a wealth of knowledge and experience from Germany and in our own workshop in Arvika.

“It’s a great privilege to work in such an environment and at this level you realize that the more you learn, the more you understand how little you actually know!”

The 2022 WRX season kicks off on July 2-3 at Holjes in Sweden to kick off a seven event campaign with doubles rounds scheduled for Norway, Latvia, Portugal and Belgium.

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