Martorell, 21 October 2018. – The new era of touring car competition has officially started today – WSC Technology has presented the ETCR series, the first ever electric, multi-brand touring car championship that will kick off in 2020.
With the e-Racer, CUPRA has done a pioneering work in the TCR racing history by building the first touring car that complies with the requirements of the new ETCR championship starting in 2020. During the past months, the CUPRA team has conducted exhaustive performance tests, confirming the great success.
Although the e-Racer weights 400 kilos more than the current CUPRA TCR, it shows excellent performances on the track with a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 3.2 seconds and a 0 to 200 km/h in 8.2 seconds. The engines of the e-Racer are located over the rear axle and deliver up to 500 kW (680 horsepower), which is 242 kW (330 HP) more than the classical CUPRA TCR, and is additionally equipped with an energy recovery system.
Antonino Labate, director of Strategy, Business Development and Operations at CUPRA, affirmed that “the racing is a part of CUPRA’s DNA. CUPRA is creating a new path and is bringing the TCR competition to the next level. This is a perfect example for what the CUPRA brand stands for and is reflecting the values we believe in.”
Jaime Puig, director of CUPRA Racing added: “We are so proud to be front-runners who develop new experiences around global motorsport. Electric races were something from the distant future but we brought them closer. One of the main challenges of an electric car is to find a balance between power and range, but this is what makes it so exciting.”
WSC Technology President Marcello Lotti emphasised that “our ultimate goal is to show fans that electric car races are just as entertaining as those with internal combustion-engine. And we would like to highlight the deep involvement of CUPRA in the overall project from a technical point of view.”
Further details on the event format and the calendar of the ETCR global championship’s debut season will be unveiled in due course.
CUPRA driver Mikel Azcona wins the TCR Europe championship
The final round of the TCR Europe Championship was held in the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit this weekend.
The CUPRA brand continues writing history: In addition to the first electric touring car presented by the brand during the TCR Europe championship today, CUPRA Racing continues to take a leading role in petrol powered competitions. The car’s outstanding performance and perfect teamwork along the whole season enabled the CUPRA Driver Mikel Azcona to finish the year leading the overall ranking.