SEAT intends to create multi-brand touring car championship E TCR using its Cupra e-Racer as the first entrant.
Which car will be next?
The series could be launched in 2019, while this year will be spent demonstrating and testing the Cupra e-Racer against gasoline cars in general TCR racing.
In the video below, Autogefühl presents the Cupra e-Racer in Geneva with few interviews about the car (watch from 13:45).
The 500 kW of power on tap and 0-200 km/h (125 mph) in 8.2 seconds makes the Cupra e-Racer a proper racing car.
"CUPRA welcomes a brand new experience to the world of motorsport – the E TCR series, the first ever electric, multi-brand touring car championship.
The participation of the e-Racer model in some of the TCR events during the 2018 season is currently being considered, with the aim of evaluating its potential compared to the petrol powered TCR racing cars.
The ultimate goal is to achieve the best fine tuning possible that will lead the E TCR to become a self-contained championship in 2019.
This CUPRA e-Racer is the first touring car that complies with the requirements for competing in the new E TCR. The engines are located over the rear axle and deliver up to 500 kW (680 horsepower), which is 242 kW (330 hp) more than usual on the petrol fuelled CUPRA TCR version, and it is also equipped with an energy recovery system. Compared to the conventionally powered CUPRA TCR, despite weighing 400 kilos more, it features excellent performance and 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 3.2 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 8.2 seconds."
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SEAT Vice-president for R&D, Dr. Matthias Rabe, said that:
“we are committed to the E TCR because we are convinced that the future of competition is in electric engines. Just as the SEAT Leon Cup Racer laid the technical foundations of the TCR championship, once again we are blazing trails in this new experience.” For this reason, Dr. Rabe encourages “the rest of the car manufacturers to join us in this amazing adventure.”