Introducing the teams
The concept of EKS was first thought of in late 2013… by June 2014, owner Mattias Ekström was ready to race. A month later, EKS won their first race in Holjes, Sweden. The group went from idea to WRX Sweden champion in 6 months, an almost impossible feat. In the 2016 season, Ekström became World Rallycross champion, and EKS would be winners of the Team Championship. For the 2019 season, EKS retained the guidance of Ekström as new lead driver Krisztian Szabo took to the track, supported by an army of analysts, engineers, mechanics and support staff.
Rallycross began in 1967 in the UK and was granted World Championship status by the FIA in 2014. It is a combination of rally and circuit racing. Tracks are usually 60% asphalt and 40% dirt, with short laps around 1km in length. Qualifiers are 4 laps, semi’s and final are 6 laps. Every race, drivers must complete one joker lap – a slightly longer route. The timing of when to take this joker lap gives Rallycross a real tactical edge. The cars are over 600bhp, and go 0-60mph in under 2 seconds, quicker than an F1 car.
Records & Achievements
EKS WRX Record
Driver 2nd place Ekström, 3rd place Bakkerud, Team 2nd place
Winner of 4 rounds, Driver 2nd place Ekström, Team 3rd place
Winner of 4 rounds, Driver Champion Ekström, Team Champion EKS
Winner of 1 round
Winner of 1 round
About the vehicle
Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro
Engine: Audi stright 4 engine with turbocharger and intercooling
Power output: 580hp
0-100kph: 1.9 secs
KYB Components Onboard
Krisztian Szabo was born in Hungary, 1992. As a teenager, he was a successful skier, but traded snow for the track and began a career in racing. He was Junior European Autocross Champion in 2009 and 2010, and also European Buggy1600 Champion. He switched to Rallycross in 2014 and won the 2016 and 2017 FIA European Rallycross Championship in the Super1600 category. He participated in EuroRX for two rounds in 2018 for EKS, before joining the EKS team as lead driver for the 2019 season.