A number of electric machines from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) have been deployed to help build the FIA World Rallycross (World RX) Championship racetrack in Hong Kong. The work was completed in just eight days.
Hong Kong was the last stopover for the 2023 season of FIA all-electric World RX Championship event. The final races took place on 11-12 November in the heart of the city.
As an official track building partner, Volvo CE had the chance to demonstrate the power of its electric portfolio and digital solutions by shaping the tight corners and jumps of this race track using a mix of sustainable solutions.
Among the solutions included a 23-t EC230 Electric excavator, which was supported by the Dig Assist digital system and an Engcon tiltrotator capable of excavating to any angle, to form the jumps. Also working to both build and maintain the tracks were two brand-new L120 Electric wheel loaders from China. These machines are currently in a customer pilot across selected Asian markets, and will come to other selected markets yet to be announced.
In addition, one of the zero-emission L120 Electric wheel loaders was fitted with recovery forks to remove crashed race cars from the track, as part of Volvo CE’s motorsport safety solution.
Part of the track is a replica of a design devised by Volvo CE at its test track in Eskilstuna, Sweden – built to encourage more overtaking and a greater spectacle for racegoers. Each track element has been refined over a series of workshops.
It was perfected using build data captured in 3D on Volvo CE’s Dig Assist in-cab machine control application. The data was then programmed into Volvo’s machines and recreated in real life. This reduced the build time for the track, but also did so with a minimal carbon footprint.
“This is another great platform to raise awareness about the incredible power of electromobility and digital solutions in real-life applications,” said Bill Law, head of brand, marketing and communications at Volvo CE.” We’re so proud to be part of developing this spectacular rallycross track in the heart of Hong Kong, in partnership with the FIA World Rallycross Championship. It is a testament to what can be achieved when we work together to accelerate a more sustainable transformation.”