CUPRA premieres the world’s first all-electric touring race car, the CUPRA e-Racer
The CUPRA e-Racer offers peak output of 680PS/960Nm from its four motor-based powertrain linked to a 65kWh battery pack
The CUPRA Leon Competición is based on the new CUPRA Leon and reinforces the link between road and track
CUPRA is taking the racetrack by storm with two world premieres as its all-electric CUPRA e-Racer and CUPRA Leon Competición touring race car are revealed to the general public.
The two race cars bring a new dimension to their respective motorsport arenas, embodying the CUPRA brand and packaging them in vehicles that are ready to take on the racetrack.
“CUPRA has always had a pioneering role in motorsport and were the developer of the first TCR platform, and with the CUPRA Leon Competición and CUPRA e-Racer we are continuing to break new ground,” said CUPRA Racing Director Jaime Puig. “Both vehicles have been designed to compete at the highest level and bring a competitive edge to the teams running them, having been developed specifically to meet TCR and ETCR technical regulations and requirements.”
CUPRA e-Racer Electric propulsion is at the core of CUPRA’s racing strategy, and the brand’s engineers have developed the first 100% electric touring race car to integrate the powertrain technology of the future.
The CUPRA e-Racer, the world’s first all-electric racing touring car, is a reality. Providing a combined 680PS (500kW) of peak power and 960Nm of torque from its single-speed four electric motors and a liquid cooled 65kWh battery pack, the race car is ready to redefine motorsport.
Aerodynamics, performance and design have sculpted the shape of the CUPRA e-Racer, starting with its lower and wider stance, carrying over the road car side air curtains and introducing an innovative bumper and bonnet air flow circulation, as it can move more smoothly over the vehicle’s profile and the side of the racing car.
The CUPRA e-Racer’s design is a balance between CUPRA DNA and aerodynamics with a lower and wider stance. As a pure electric vehicle, the combustion engine grille was eliminated, transformed instead into an air curtain bonnet, improving aero performance. The wheel arches have been developed to better extract the air and improve downforce, while the flat floor underneath the racing car, helps improve overall aerodynamics. Each part of the e-Racer’s design is about air flow and allowing it to move more smoothly over the vehicle’s profile.
As it is electric, less cooling is needed at the front, therefore the upper grille has been integrated and blanked.
From 2021, the PURE ETCR championship, a race series designed specifically for electric touring cars, will take place. The format, race duration and driver, team and fan experience will highlight how different pure electric racing competitions are, emphasising the intensity and excitement the technology can produce.