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Cupra launches e-Racer touring car

Published on: March 6, 2018
Cupra launches e-Racer touring car
Cupra launches e-Racer touring car
Cupra launches e-Racer touring car
Cupra launches e-Racer touring car
Cupra launches e-Racer touring car
Cupra launches e-Racer touring car
Cupra launches e-Racer touring car
Cupra launches e-Racer touring car
Cupra launches e-Racer touring car

What's the news?

This is the Cupra e-Racer, a 670hp all-electric touring car from the motorsport arm of Spanish firm SEAT.

Powered by a 450kg battery pack made up of 6,072 cells and four rear-mounted electric motors that spin to more than 12,000rpm, it'll launch to 100km/h from rest in 3.2 seconds and top out at 270km/h. Incredibly, the Cupra e-Racer is said to recharge in just 40 minutes, which should make it useful for head-to-head rounds of touring car racing.

Given the battery pack is a third of the car's total weight, it is mounted in the floor for the best weight distribution possible and the exterior features some pretty serious aerodynamics, most obviously with the big rear wing and front splitter arrangement, but also in the form of small cameras replacing the rear-view mirrors - what they see is projected onto a large screen in the dashboard for the driver. Based on a SEAT Leon, the Cupra e-Racer's structure was extensively modified and strengthened, while the interior features a roll cage to meet motorsport legislation.

Cupra, having been split off from SEAT, intends to keep the motorsport side of the Spanish firm's business alive, by participating in the TCR series going forward.

Anything else?

Xavier Serra, technical director for the Cupra e-Racer project, said: "One of this vehicle's most surprising aspects has to be its power. The Cupra e-Racer can reach 12,000rpm, compared to the 6,500rpm of a petrol-powered race car. These revolutions are achieved with a single gear."




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