After a first test on a track near Zagreb, Cupra’s electric touring car, the e-Racer, has undergone further testing at the Castellolí (Barcelona, Spain) track at the hands of development driver Jordi Gené.
The testing in Spain focused on verifying the maximum output of the motors and the driveability, in addition to testing the power management – stopping the batteries from overheating is a particular challenge for electric racing cars.
The goal of these sessions is to maximize the performance and reliability of every component. During the next round of testing in September, the engineers and technicians will focus on reducing the lap times to make it competitive in the upcoming eTCR series in 2020.
Cupra racing director Jaime Puig said, “With the Cupra e-Racer we want to prove that the future of competition is electric, and that an eTCR is just as competitive or even more so than petrol-powered race touring cars. We trust that the results of the tests we are performing on the track will help encourage other brands and hope to see the eTCR category become a reality in 2020.”
Jordi Gené, Cupra’s official test and development driver, commented, “It delivers impressive acceleration, and the excellent distribution of its batteries gives it a low center of gravity with a much better than expected driving feel. The only scope for improvement we see is with the braking, as it is obviously a heavier car and more difficult to stop with precision.”