Jordi Gené test the Cupra e-Racer on the track
Following the successful tests carried out in Croatia, Cupra e-Racer was tested again on the Castellolí track in Barcelona with racing driver Jordi Gené behind the wheel.
According to Cupra, these new dynamic tests were used to verify the maximum output of the engines, power management – particularly regarding temperature of the batteries and other elements – and its driveability through closely examining accelerator response, braking and energy recovery. During the next round of testing in September, engineers and technicians will focus on reducing lap times.
The Cupra technical team aims to start its own electric touring car category – the eTCR in the 2020 championship.
Jordi Gené, Cupra test and development driver, WTCC driver and former F1 test driver, had his first dynamic drive of the electric racing car and in his opinion it was “a string of pleasant surprises.”
He also said: “It delivers impressive acceleration, and the excellent distribution of its batteries gives it a low centre 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.”
The e-Racer is based on the Leon TCR racecar but instead of an internal combustion engine it is fitted with an electric motor, delivering 300 kW (408 hp) of continuous power and up to 500 kw (680 hp) at its peak.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a single gear with torque vectoring technology while the battery pack consists of 6,072 round cell batteries, which is equivalent to 9,000 smartphones.
The car can reach a top speed of 270 km/h, accelerating from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.2 secs, and from 0-200 km/h (0-125 mph) in 8.2 secs.