After the first two race weekends, the CUPRA e-Racer is the car to beat in the new PURE ETCR championship for 100%-electric touring cars. And CUPRA’s commitment to the series is proof that sustainable mobility encompasses motorsport too.
Electric and sustainable mobility means motorsport too - and CUPRA is stepping up to the challenge, taking racing competitions into a new era with all the passion and innovation in its DNA. Just over a year ago, CUPRA announced its participation in the Extreme E championship, which sees 100%-electric SUVs compete in extreme locations affected by climate change. Now the car manufacturer is joining a new electric era in touring-car racing.
“The PURE ETCR championship is very exciting, we are going to see epic battles on track,” says an enthusiastic Werner Tietz, Vice-President for Research and Development at CUPRA and SEAT, before going on to praise the drivers. “We have the right team to achieve great success, with Mikel Azcona, Jordi Gené, Mattias Ekström e Dániel Nagy. As in everything we do, we’ll try our best and fight for the victory!”
Victory in Vallelunga...
The team had a winning start at the premiere of the PURE ETCR championship, with Mikel Azcona and his CUPRA e-Racer making history at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy. Representing the Spanish manufacturer, the young driver scored the maximum points available over the weekend to earn the position of championship leader.
...and in Alcaniz
More recently, the PURE ETCR stopped in Alcaniz, Spain. And although it was a different circuit, the result was the same: a CUPRA e-Racer claiming the win. In this case, the “King of the Weekend” was Swedish driver Mattias Ekström. And thanks to other results over the two days, he took the leadership in the championship standings, becoming the man to beat in the next round which is scheduled for the weekend of 6-8 August in Denmark, on the Copenhagen city circuit.
A spectacular format
Drivers participating in the PURE ETCR are divided into groups that challenge each other in sprint races (Battles) of 8-10 kilometres. Places in the final rounds (Super Finals), which involve races of 12-15 kilometres and determine the overall winner, are assigned on the basis of the results from each group. The championship is so spectacular also because the cars are technically very similar: they are all 100%-electric with rear-wheel drive, develop a power output of 500 kW and have a 65 kWh liquid-cooled battery. Each brand is allowed to personalise the chassis, the suspension, aerodynamics and bodywork dimensions.
The CUPRA e-Racer of the Zengo Motorsport X CUPRA team has four electric motors on the rear axle and delivers maximum torque of 960 Nm. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 270 km/h.
5,000 km of testing
The CUPRA e-Racer has completed more than 5,000 kilometres during development since its first run on a circuit in 2018. The official team drivers - Jordi Gené, Mattias Ekström and Mikel Azcona - have been involved throughout the process and the car has been tested at tracks such as Montmeló, Calafat, Castellolí and Mallorca (Spain), and Rijeka (Croatia). The last phase of testing, which began once the final battery and the electronic and safety systems had been integrated, took place at Motorland Aragón (Spain) and Vallelunga (Italy) during the first half of this year.
“The design and development of the CUPRA e-Racer has been one of the most exciting and challenging projects I have been involved in. It has been a long road, with thousands of testing kilometres in different parts of Europe and in different conditions to discover the true potential of this amazing racing car,” says Xavi Serra, CUPRA Racing Head of Technical Development.
Source: SEAT S.A.