There have been rumours for some time but now it´s official: E.ON will start in STCC 2009 together with its main partner Volkswagen!
The two cars which are going to race are Volkswagen Scirocco – a car which made its racing debut on 24 hours at Nürburgring in May 2008. The car was the winner of its class and also number 11 out of 219 cars in total.
?What is unique with the STCC version of Scirocco is that it is powered with a CNG engine.
STCC is an excellent opportunity to show the most climate smart fuel in Sweden: biogas. We see this car as the next step in our investment in biogas to vehicles, because this shows that it works like all other fuels – but even better, says Håkan Buskhe, CEO of E.ON and continues:
This is also an example of a necessary cooperation with other actors in the car industry – in this case Volkswagen.
E.ON is the leading company of biogas. It produces this renewable fuel and is also building filling stations and is a supplier of CNG.
The Swedish team which will take care of the STCC commitment is Brovallen Motorsport, with the STCC profile Tobias Johansson.
Tobias has during the nine last years been in STCC with his private team, but has also been working together with the Audi team KMS.
When E.ON asked me if I wanted to take care of their operations in STCC, I didn´t have to think very long. I can hardly imagine anything more inspiring in Swedish motorsport than this, he says.
Behind the wheel in one of the cars, there will be one of the most successful drivers in Swedish motorsport in all times – Fredrik Ekblom, 38, from Örebro. He as got a lot of experience from STCC – a championship which he has been the winner of three times, in 2007 at the latest.
For me, this is a great challenge. I have been racing in STCC in nine seasons in total and to have the opportunity to already from the start join a brand new, fresh racing concept with a clear environmental profile is extremely exciting, he says.
The second driver of the team, Patrik Olsson, 20, has got international experience after two years in Volkswagen Polo Cup. In 2006 he was number two in that championship. For Patrik, STCC is a dream he have had for many years.
Many drivers have been there for several years and have got a lot of experience; they know each single braking point. Myself, I now have to get this experience to be able to go for top places and this is something I hope will be possible in the end of the season. That is my personal aim. It is also very inspiring to become a team member to Fredrik Ekblom and I hope I will be able to learn from a champion, he says.
The both racing cars are built by Volkswagen Motorsport in Hannover.
We really liked the concept of E.ON and think it is both innovative and full of opportunities. Volkswagen Motorsport already have some experience of racing with CNG cars, since we succesfully have raced a CNG Golf at the 24h Nürburgring, says Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director.
To Volkswagen, STCC is something which will be used to help in the market launch of CNG cars.
In February, Volkswagen is going to launch the Passat TSI EcoFuel, which combines good performance with long reach. Besides this, Volkswagen also has got several other private and transport cars in its fleet.
With our new CNG cars we will become even stronger. To be a partner of E.ON in STCC gives us good opportunities to create an even more exciting image of CNG cars. Biogas is by all means a fuel for the future, says Claes Jerveland, CEO of Volkswagen Sweden.