Prodrive has announced it will be building and developing a Renault Megane RX Supercar for the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship, as part of a partnership with French driver Guerlain Chicherit.

Based on the Renault Megane IV, the race car will be designed from the ground up by Prodrive to the latest World RX regulations, including a bespoke 2.0 litre turbocharged engine. It will be unveiled later this year at the World Rallycross round in Loheac, France, on September 1.

Chicherit will compete in selected events through 2017 with the new car, although his team – GCK – has yet to announce what car the former Dakar driver will race this season. The Frenchman has competed in six World Rallycross events, making his debut at Loheac in 2015 in the JRM Racing Mini RX Supercar.

“It has long been an ambition of ours to compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. It is the fastest growing motorsport series in the world and gives us the opportunity to use all our engineering experience to create a car capable of winning the World title. Guerlain is obviously a very talented driver and we look forward to working with him and developing a race car that both he and Renault will be proud of,” said David Richards, chairman of Prodrive.

“I’m so stoked to be working with the guys from Prodrive to build what has been my dream for a long time. I know that with the right team and the support we have, we’ll be able to produce a car that will really make an impact in the paddock. I absolutely trust Prodrive to build the best car and I’m excited to bring my brand and partners to the Championship in 2018,” added Chicherit.