Introducing the teams
About KYB Team JC
Together with KYB, JC Raceteknik enters a huge new venture in international rallycross in 2020. The Swedish squad, competing under the KYB Team JC banner, will challenge for both the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
With Swede Robin Larsson already signed to the squad, EKS owner Mattias Ekström also joins the team in a second latest-specification Audi S1 Supercar.
The team will continue development of top-level rallycross shock absorbers, continuing the technical collaboration between JC Raceteknik and EKS that started last year.
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
KYB Team JC WRX Record
1st Team Championship 2nd Driver Championship (Ekstrom)
About the vehicle
Audi S1 RX Quattro
Engine: Audi straight 4 engine with turbocharger and intercooling
Power output: 580hp
0-100kph: 1.9 secs
KYB Components Onboard
Born July 8th 1992 – Sweden
Robin Larsson was double FIA European Rallycross Champion for Supercars and WorldRX event winner in Argentina 2015. In his first year at the wheel of the EKS-built Audi S1, he won the first four events of the five-round European Championship to secure the title with the JC Raceteknik team.
He brings his flamboyant driving style back to the World Championship after dominating the European scene in 2019.
Born July 14th 1978 – Sweden
Mattias Ekström grew up with rallycross and spent a large part of his youth in RX paddocks watching his dad Bengt, who competed in the European Championship.
Mattias has won race titles all over the world. He’s one of those guys who will master anything with four wheels! He won the 2004 and 2007 DTM touring car titles with Audi before turning his attention to World RX in 2014 with the creation of his own EKS RX team. He won the championship in 2016 and was runner up in 2017.
For the 2020 season Mattias is racing with KYB Team JC, initially as a wildcard, then as a signed driver.