В 2018 году на автосалоне в Женеве новая марка Cupra, выросшая из линейки спортивных модификаций моделей SEAT, представила концептуальный электрический хэтчбек для гонок Сupra e-Racer.

Спустя несколько месяцев инженеры испанской марки приехали в Хорватию для ходовых испытаний электромобиля. Под Загребом инженеры проверили 670-сильную машину и корректность работы всех её систем. С места до 100 км/ч новинка разгоняется за 3,2 секунды и способна развивать до 270 км/ч.

По итогам тестов, которые были признаны успешными, в Сupra примут решение по дальнейшей подготовке e-Racer к участию в гонках TCR в 2019 году.

Галерея: Cupra e-Racer на мотор-шоу в Женеве

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The first ever fully electric touring racecar

  • Tests on the track confirm the successful integration of the batteries with the rest of the car’s systems
  • The battery is made up of 6,072 round cell batteries, equivalent to 9,000 mobile phones
  • 0 to 65mph acceleration in 3.2 seconds and 0 to 125mph in 8.2 seconds

Martorell, 03-07-2018. – CUPRA has tested its 680 horsepower, 100% electric e-Racer at the race track for the first time.

Having made its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the extreme race vehicle was put through its paces in Zagreb (Croatia), testing the integration of the electric battery pack with the rest of the vehicle.

All electrical, battery, cooling and propulsion systems had previously been tested individually, but this time the elements were integrated and their operation tested together on the track, with very optimistic results for the CUPRA team.

During the testing, the high temperature conditions of the track confirmed that the CUPRA e-Racer is ready to tackle the challenges of competition. The initial tests yielded very positive conclusions.

This CUPRA e-Racer was the first touring car produced that complies with the requirements for competing in the new E TCR series, the first ever electric, multi-brand touring car championship.

Creating the first rechargeable touring racecar

The battery pack on this fully electric touring racecar is made up of 6,072 round cell batteries, which is equivalent 9,000 mobile phone batteries. With these figures, the range of the e-Racer makes it perfectly compatible to compete on the new E-TCR (Electric Touring Car Races).

The data compiled in these tests will be used to continue adjusting the systems, enabling the next step to focus on the vehicle’s performance.

SEAT Vice-president for Research and Development, Dr. Matthias Rabe, said: “With the CUPRA e-Racer we want to bring racing to the next level. We believe we can help reinvent motorsport and achieve success. Motorsport is one of the pillars of CUPRA, and we are proud of the team that is making this electric touring racecar possible.”