As part of the presentation for the new electric race car CUPRA e-Racer by Seat, which took place at the finale of the GT Open and the TCR Europe, the announced touring series ECTR was officially presented. The most important detail: It will kick off in 2020.
Further details to the racing calendar will follow at a later date. Seats performance brand Cupra is the only confirmed competitor so far, as well. Four to six other automobile manufacturers are in negotiations to join the touring series, so far.
Marcello Lotti, president of the WSC, presented the ETCR concept, which will have it’s own series 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 same chassis concept as was used for the conventional TCR vehicles will be used for the ETCR. The CUPRA e-Racer, for example, also builds upon the chassis of the Seat Leon. The structure was completed by adding several safety elements. A roll cage was added to the interior, for example, in order to prepare the vehicle for competition. Additionally, all unnecessary elements inside the vehicle were removed to save on weight.
This means a fully electric touring series has been put in motion. It will stand next to the planned World Rallycross (WRX), the Electric GT with tuned Tesla vehicles and the already running Formula E, whose programme also include Jaguar’s I-Pace eTrophy with up to 20 vehicle variants. At this point we should also mention the electric motorcycle racing series MotoE, which will start next year with e-bikes from the Italian manufacturer Energica in several races as part of the MotoGP weekends.
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