Simon Olofsson: “The FC2 concept is a product we’ve been waiting for”

Two-time RallyX champion in the Supercar Lites category, Simon Olofsson makes no secret of his attraction to the FC2 concept which, from the 2024 season, will enable owners of this car to compete in the Supercar category.

Resulting from a collaboration between OMSE and its sister company First Corner, the FC2 concept will make its first official racing appearance from next May onwards in the RallyX championship, using an ingenious recycling of the current Supercar Lites, which will benefit from a conversion kit to accommodate a 550 hp turbo engine.

A new feature on the Rallycross market, and one that Simon Olofsson is delighted to see.

“In fact, the FC2 is a solution we’ve been waiting for for a very long time. We’ve been hoping that a concept like this would emerge one day, so it’s a real satisfaction for me as well as for the other Supercar Lites drivers, who can now look forward to the possibility of a program within the Supercar category”, underlines Simon Olofsson.

Indeed, the Swedish driver is keen to follow the evolution of the FC2 concept and its development phase.

“I’m going to take advantage of the next few months to observe how these new cars progress. I’m really curious to see how this FC2 will perform on the track. I know that many of us drivers are now discussing the possibility of converting existing Supercars or acquiring a ready-to-run FC2. For my part, I’m also going to assess the feasibility of such an operation from a budgetary point of view.”

While the timeframe before the 2024 season kicks off is inevitably short to allow Simon Olofsson to make the transition from Supercar Lites to FC2 in just a few months, that’s not stopping the Swede from actively considering this option.

“For the moment, the most likely hypothesis is that I’ll go back for another season in Supercar Lites, as we have both the equipment and the expertise to run such a program successfully. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to see this FC2 in action, just as much as I can’t wait to try it out. Once I’ve got a clearer idea of the potential offered by this car, then it might encourage me to commit to FC2.”

For the experienced Simon Olofsson, the FC2 concept would above all enable him to realize an old dream by entering the Supercar category.

“For drivers like me, the FC2 concept is a very good thing. Of course, it’s always great fun to see drivers of Johan Kristoffersson’s calibre come to fight in the RallyX championship, as this tends to significantly raise the level of our series, but, on the other hand, I also know that it would be very difficult for me to get my hands on a competitive Supercar and still be able to get support from an experienced squad in this category. Getting a Supercar to compete at the top requires important budgets, but this time the FC2 will enable us to get around that obstacle.”