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Seat Cupra e-Racer: EV takes to the track

Published: 31 July 2018

► First shakedown by Jordi Genés
► Max power of 670bhp
► Will race in E-TCR series

Seat first revealed its Cupra e-Racer at this year’s Geneva motor show – but now it’s been tested on track. After putting the Cupra e-Racer through its paces in Castellolí Barcelona, race driver Jordi Genés said the car’s been 'a string of pleasant surprises.'

Genés is no stranger to the race track, and with a CV that includes WTCC-action and F1 testing, Seat believes he’s the best person to develop its all-electric racer.

According to Seat, these tests were designed to analyse aspects such as drivability, which can’t really be replicated in a laboratory or a dyno.

First shakedown

The testing in Zagreb, Croatia marks the first actual shakedown of the electric car; before that, the drivetrain and cooling systems had only been tested individually. Baking conditions meant that Seat engineers were able to work out how the car’s cooling systems would behave in a less than ideal environment – and we’re told the test was very positive.

Battery tests in Grobnik, Croatia have also been carried out, looking at power management, the maximum output and the e- racers drivability; to continue adjusting the e-racer to maximize the performance and reliability of every component. 

‘With the Cupra e-Racer we want to bring racing to the next level. We believe we can help reinvent motorsport and achieve success,’ said Seat vice-president for research and development, Dr Matthias Rabe. ‘Motorsport is one of the pillars of Cupra, and we are proud of the team that is making this electric touring race car possible.’

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? Seat 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.