Cupra unveils e-Racer electric racing car

Seat’s new sporting sister brand is aiming to prove that EVs can be “fun”, with a tin-top that produces up to 670bhp

Seat’s new Cupra brand will showcase its all-electric 670bhp e-Racer racing car at the Geneva motor show.

The Leon-based rear-wheel-drive e-Racer features a 65kWh battery and makes 402bhp of continual power, with a peak of 670bhp available.

The car’s chassis appears to be based heavily on the existing Cupra Leon TCR touring car that will race in this year’s FIA World Touring Car Cup and other championships. The e-Racer is designed to showcase a new E TCR electric category, which will be launched by category promoters at Geneva. No date has yet been given for when the category will begin.

Seat boss Luca de Meo described the e-Racer as “a true motorsport car” and called it the first fully electric touring car. The only mainstream EV racing championship currently operating is the single-seater Formula E series.

Jaguar has previously revealed a racing version of its I-Pace SUV, which will compete in its own one-make series alongside Formula E from 2018/19 onwards. A non-works electric GT series for converted Tesla Model S road cars is also planned.

De Meo added: “We thought racing should be efficient and clean, and by introducing a new and revolutionary car like this, we want to send an important message to the racing world. It is possible, it is spectacular and it is fun.”

The launch of an electric racing car concept ties in with plans by Seat bosses to use Cupra as a ‘technological figurehead’ that will bring electrified powertrains and other new technology into the Seat range.

www.autocar.co.uk

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