Cooper Tire Europe to continue as exclusive tire supplier to FIA World Rallycross and FIA European Rallycross
MELKSHAM, UK, APRIL 23, 2021 – Cooper Tire Europe is pleased to announce that it will continue as the exclusive tire supplier to the FIA World Rallycross and FIA European Rallycross championships for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 seasons.
From 2021, Cooper will supply the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s renamed RX1 premier class, along with the all-new, all-electric RX2e class – marking the start of a new era for the sport. In addition, Cooper will equip the RX1 and RX3 fields in the FIA European Rallycross Championship.
Cooper’s ACB11 (produced in sizes 225/640-17 and 205/620-17) and RX Moulded Wet (produced in size 210/635R17) will be provided to all of the aforementioned categories.
Over the years, relentless development work by Cooper’s motorsport department has ensured that the tires meet the ever-increasing demands placed on them. With the tires being subjected to greater forces as the FIA World Rallycross Championship transitions to electric powertrains, the range will continue to evolve.
James Weekley, General Manager, Motorsport, Cooper Tire Europe, said, “Extending our relationship with the FIA World Rallycross and FIA European Rallycross championships is a fantastic way for Cooper Tire Europe and our motorsport department to enter 2021. We cannot wait to go racing again and look forward to playing a key role in the development of the sport’s new electric era.”
Gyarfas Olah, President, Off-Road Commission, FIA, said, “The FIA is delighted to continue our very successful collaboration with Cooper Tire Europe for three further years. Their products offer outstanding performance and durability. Cooper will be a great partner to accompany us in the electric switch of the category.”
Multiple British, European and World Rallycross championships have been won on Cooper-manufactured products over the last three decades. In addition to the FIA World Rallycross and FIA European Rallycross championships, Cooper supplies RallyX Nordic, Rallycross on Ice and the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy, among other national series.