The Castellolí circuit in Barcelona was the backdrop where race driver Jordi Gené truly tested the limits of the e-Racer, the first ever fully electric competition touring motor sports car, which CUPRA is developing with his help.
After enjoying several successes in the WTCC series and his prior experience as a F1 test driver, Gené’s motor sports expertise and the work carried out by the CUPRA technical team aim to enable the e-Racer to have its own touring electric race car category, the eTCR, in the championship in 2020.
Successful testing on the Castellolí track in Barcelona confirms the highly competitive performance of the CUPRA e-Racer.
Following the recent battery tests on the Grobnik track in Croatia, these new dynamic tests were used to verify the maximum output of the engines of the electric sports car, power management with regards to the temperature of all the elements, especially the batteries, and its driveability, by closely examining accelerator response, the brake system and energy recovery.
The goal of these sessions is to continue making adjustments and maximise the performance and reliability of every component. During the next round of testing of the e-Racer in September, engineers and technicians are going to focus on reducing the lap times of this electric touring car, which aims to unseat all current TCRs on the track and take home the championship.
The CUPRA e-Racer is a prelude to the brand’s commitment to electric racing vehicles.
CUPRA Racing director Jaime Puig pointed out that “with the CUPRA e-Racer we want to prove that the future of competition is electric, and that an eTCR is just as competitive or even more competitive than petrol powered race touring cars. We trust that the results of the tests we are performing on the track will help encourage other brands and hope to see the eTCR category become a reality in 2020.”
CUPRA testing and development driver Jordi Gené, had his first dynamic contact with an electric competition touring car.
Jordi Gené, CUPRA’s official testing and development driver, was responsible for putting the e-Racer through the paces, and in his opinion it was “a string of pleasant surprises”. That is how he described his first foray into the world of electric competition cars. “It delivers impressive acceleration, and the excellent distribution of its batteries gives it a low centre of gravity with a much better than expected driving feel. The only scope for improvement we see is with the braking, as it is obviously a heavier car and more difficult to stop with precision.” The CUPRA e-Racer tips the scale at 400 kg more than the CUPRA TCR, but in return delivers 680 hp, 330 hp more than its major TCR competitor which it aims to outperform on the racetrack.
We await to hear what other manufacturers are doing in this space as we are eagerly anticipating the first electric TCRs to hit the track at Hampton Downs or Pukekohe.