WSC Group has chosen Williams Advanced Engineering to design, develop, manufacture and supply the batteries and vehicle control modules for the first electric multi-brand Touring Car racing series – ETCR.
The series will start in 2020, supported by a range of engagement and entertainment activities from WSC, and aims to position itself as the leading motorsport platform for R&D into electric vehicle technologies to be applied to road cars. ETCR will seek to make motorsport relevant to a wider range of production vehicles and to provide a marketing platform to demonstrate new and existing technologies and innovation. WSC intends to pitch the series at motorsport lovers, as well as fans of new technologies and their sustainable application.
Williams Advanced Engineering will apply its award-winning capabilities to the project, including know-how developed for Formula 1, Formula E and the application of technology into road-going vehicles.
“The team at Williams Advanced Engineering is delighted to be able to bring its expertise in electrification to ETCR,” said Iain Wight, business development director of Williams Advanced Engineering. “With the experience, skills and know-how accumulated from electrifying motorsport and road-going cars, we’re excited to work with the team at WSC Group to continue helping electric vehicles and racing to inspire the future of sustainable mobility.”
ETCR will be the first ever multi-brand Touring Car series with production cars powered by a common 100% electric powertrain. It plans to establish itself first across Europe, then Asia and North America. Cars will tackle both street circuits and permanent tracks, using connectivity and new technologies to deliver a new, engaging format, with race data available to spectators at the event and online.