Today, the sound
of the future was born
The sound of the CUPRA e-Racer
was heard for the first time in public today
The racing car, developed in
compliance with the technical regulations of the upcoming
ETCR championship, was presented
at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
The car was heard live, together with
the voice of Jordi Gené, World Touring Car driver and Le Mans Class
winner who is currently developing and testing the new car, in an
innovative live experience, which immediately made clear that something
completely new was being witnessed and heard.
Gené stated that it reminded him of the sound of a jet plane and, from
the outset, it was possible to appreciate the car’s performance that he
pushed to the limit during six laps of the Catalunya circuit.
Gené’s voice when he negotiated the Elf
turn, made it clear that the feeling is different from a petrol-engined
Touring Car racer, but just as thrilling. The sensation when entering the
turn is of an apparently slower speed, followed by acceleration at the
exit during which the electronic system allows the driver to fully
appreciate the power of its 500kw (680 bhp) motors.
Gené’s live interview continued,
highlighting the different weight balance – more uniform – that permits a
completely different driving experience.
Lap after lap, it was possible to
appreciate how the interaction between the driver and the spectators is a
powerful instrument that may change the rules of fan engagement: indeed,
the championship encourages interaction between the drivers and their
Marcello Lotti, President of WSC and
organizer of the upcoming championship, was keen to highlight how
motorsport has returned to its original role as a development platform
for technologies that will be transferred to the consumer’s cars. “We don’t want to change motorsport, on the
contrary we want to bring it back to the forefront of our and the car
manufacturers’ minds. The first step consists of providing a common
electric kit, but after this start-up period we believe the door will be
open for manufacturers to develop and use their own technology.”
Lotti also announced that the names of
the other brands involved in the ETCR championship will be unveiled soon.
HD pictures and
videos are available at www.electric-tcr.com.