After its official reveal earlier
in Barcelona (Spain), the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show is the perfect
backdrop to present the Cupra brand to the international public. The new
performance brand will have its own booth and will be standing next to SEAT.
CUPRA will inherit SEAT’s involvement in the world of motorsport that has
lasted for more than 40 years but, at the same time, it is conscious that the
future of racing will move onto alternative powertrain systems. CUPRA’s
objective is to pave the way and lead the change towards efficient and clean
The CUPRA e-Racer is a 100%
electric racing car based on the petrol-powered Cup Racer. As well as being
much cleaner and more environmentally friendly, the CUPRA e-Racer is much
quieter; its performance is equally as impressive as a traditional racing
There are also many other
advantages. An electric motor is much simpler, requiring much less maintenance
and above all, it is more efficient as it practically uses all of the supplied
energy, while a combustion engine only uses, in the best case scenario, up to
30% of its fuel energy. Additionally, kinetic energy is harnessed to recover
power under braking and in deceleration phases. As if that weren’t enough,
acceleration is much better as an electric car has its maximum torque available
from the moment the accelerator is pressed; no longer is it necessary to reach
a certain level of revolutions per minute in order to achieve maximum
performance. For the same reason, a gearbox is no longer necessary.
The CUPRA e-Racer is a true
motorsport car, delivering 300 kW of continuous power and up to 500 kW (680 PS)
at its peak, featuring one single gear with Torque vectoring and with rear
wheel traction. The CUPRA e-Racer is equipped with a new rear vision technology
that is displayed within the dashboard. The vehicle uses three cameras instead
of the traditional rear-view mirrors.
The CUPRA e-Racer can reach a
top speed of 270 km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.2 secs, and 0
to 200 km/h in only 8.2 secs.
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