Nitro RX: New season set to get underway at Lydden Hill this weekend

The new season of Nitro Rallycross gets underway this weekend at the spiritual home of the sport, Lydden Hill, in Kent.

The series is going from strength to strength with it starting out just a few years ago as a couple of events, before becoming a full-blown series in 2021 taking in numerous venues.

That is the plan again for 2022, with the championship set to take in the likes of Sweden, Finland, a host of US cities, Saudi Arabia and Canada, before the series finale in March 2023.

It all starts this weekend in a corner of Kent, though, and creator Travis Pastrana is excited to showcase the all-new FC1-X car, which is an electric vehicle that produces the equivalent of 1,070 horsepower and accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 1.4 seconds – faster than an F1 car.

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Pastrana said:

“Our goal for the FC1-X was to create the best rallycross car possible. One that can put down more power than anything seen in competition and durable enough to thrive in the Nitro Rallycross. With more torque, acceleration and top speed than any gas-powered supercar. The combined speed and strength of the FXC1-X definitely pushes the envelope on performance. This will allow more aggressive racing on more challenging tracks. Exciting the drivers and thrilling the fans. 2022 is going to be awesome.”

British hero Oliver Bennett will be in action this weekend against the likes of Scandinavian pair Andreas Bakkerud and Kevin Erkisson, and the action all kicks off at 12pm BST today, with the action broadcast on YouTube for viewers outside the US.

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