Cupra e-Racer: racing EV takes to the track | CAR Magazine

Cupra e-Racer: racing EV takes to the track

Published: 09 October 2019

► First proper laps by Mattias Ekström
► Max power of 670bhp
► Will race in E-TCR series

Cupra, Seat’s new motorsport-leaning offspring, has been testing its new e-Racer on track again – but this time at full speed. The 600bhp+ EV racer was put through its paces by Mattias Ekström at the Montmeló Circuit in Barcelona, and the results seem promising.

‘It felt really good, especially when reaching full power coming out of the slow corners on the circuit,’ said Ekström. ‘I still need some time to get used to the sound of the engine; it’s much quieter than any other I’ve driven before, and I’m a very emotional driver.’ 

The tech specs

The e-Racer has 300kW of on tap at all times, but that can peak to 500kW for quicker bursts of shove. In old money, that’s 400bhp of constant power and up to 670bhp of peak power. It’s rear-wheel drive, has a 12,000rpm redline – and uses a single-gear ratio.

And where does the power come from? Cupra has squeezed in a total of 6072 round cell batteries, which keeps it within the new E-TCR regulations. That’s the same power as 9000 average-sized smartphone batteries. 

We’ll update this article when it gets closer to racing.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's Digital Editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes