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Cupra e-Racer boasts 670bhp and can hit 124mph in 8.2sec

Jordan Katsianis
9 Mar 2018

Cupra details plans to press the e-Racer into action over the next 12 months.


Cupra’s e-Racer only made its debut earlier this week at the 2018 Geneva motor show. Subsequently, Cupra has disclosed benchmark performance figures and the long term plans it has in store for the all-electric touring car.

To emphasise the e-Racer’s staggering performance Cupra has compared it to its petrol-powered counterpart, the Cupra TCR. The latter’s turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine churns out 325bhp, whereas the e-Racer develops 670bhp – more than twice as much – which is deployed through two electric motors that draw power from a 65kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

> 2018 Geneva motor show

Such a considerable amount of power sees 0-62mph diaptched in 3.2 seconds and 0-124mph in just 8.2 seconds. However, the e-Racer does tip the scales some 400kg heavier than the Cupra TCR. The e-Racer implements redesigned aero and cooling to suit the electrified powertrain, but unlike the TCR touring car the e-Racer will be rear-drive, and so further removed from the road-going Leon Cupra.

The e-Racer is already being readied for action with Cupra considering it for a few touring car racing events this year. It would line-up alongside petrol-powered, TCR racing cars in the absence of an all-electric series, but TCR is mulling over just such a  series for 2019. Cupra hopes any events the e-Racer enters in 2018 will provide insight and experience that could inform the assembly of a self-contained E TCR championship.

Speaking about the e-Racer and the future of touring cars, SEAT Vice-president for R&D, Dr. Matthias Rabe said ‘we are committed to the E TCR because we are convinced that the future of competition is in electric engines. Just as the SEAT Leon Cup Racer laid the technical foundations of the TCR championship, once again we are blazing trails in this new experience.’ For this reason, Dr. Rabe encourages “the rest of the car manufacturers to join us in this amazing adventure.’ 


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