WSC Technology launches the ETCR series that will kick off in 2020
It will be the first global multi-brand electric Touring Car
The CUPRA e-Racer is the first
realization of the ETCR technical regulations
The ETCR series, the first global multi-brand
racing series for electric Touring Cars, has been officially launched
today at Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya.
A restricted number of guests, including
representatives of car manufacturers, automotive suppliers and media,
gathered at the ETCR hospitality unit located inside the paddock, in the
frame of the GT Open and TCR Europe final event.
Marcello Lotti, President of WSC,
introduced the ETCR concept that will have its own championship in 2020.
“In the wake of the global success
achieved by TCR and being aware of the automotive market’s current trend
towards a new and responsible mobility, two years ago WSC Technology
embarked on this ambitious project with the aim of educating the
motorsport community in making contact with these new technologies that
represent the future reality.”
“The ETCR applies electric power units
to the very same chassis concept of TCR cars. It is already attracting
the interest of different car manufacturers that also regard it as a tool
to restore the role of motorsport as a platform for research & development
that can transfer experience and innovations to the standard products.”
“Our ultimate goal is to show the fans
that electric car races are as entertaining as those for the internal
combustion-engined cars. And we would like to highlight the deep
involvement of CUPRA in the overall project from a technical point of
view. The cooperation between WSC and SEAT began from the inception of
the TCR concept and has now taken a further step forward during this
project with the development of the first racing car built in compliance
with the ETCR technical regulations.”
After the press conference the guests
witnessed the CUPRA e-Racer in a dynamic demonstration and then moved to
the pit lane for having a close look at the first fully electric touring
CUPRA is the first brand that has
developed and presented the new technology for the ETCR platform: the
e-Racer is powered by two twin-electric motors located over the rear
axle, delivering up to 500 kW (680 bhp) and is also equipped with an
energy recovery system. Compared to the conventionally powered CUPRA TCR;
despite weighing 400 kilos more, it features excellent performance, such
as 0-100 km/h acceleration in 3.2s, and 0-200 km/h in 8.2s.
Further details on the event format and
the calendar of the ETCR global championship’s maiden season will be
unveiled in due course.
HD pictures and
videos are available at www.electric-tcr.com.