- e-Racer by CUPRA boasts nearly 700hp to compete in new ETCR race format in 2020
- CUPRA ambassador and e-Racer official driver Mattias Ekström tests on the Montmeló Circuit in Barcelona
- Swedish driver explains his role in development of the first ever fully electric touring car
- With no gearbox and a much quieter powertrain, Ekström had plenty to get to grips with
Martorell, The World’s first fully electric touring car – the CUPRA e-Racer – has been put through its paces on the track for the first time by official CUPRA driver, Mattias Ekström.
The remarkable 670hp electric racer is set to compete in a new ETCR race series in 2020 and has now completed its first full-speed laps around the Montmeló Circuit in Barcelona.
With a top speed of 167mph and capable of reaching 62mph in just 3.2 seconds, the e-Racer delivers incredible performance despite its 400kg battery pack. Aside from its batteries, the new race car resembles existing touring car race machines – albeit with even more power delivered in near silence.
With more than 25 years of experience in different touring car, rally and karting competitions, Ekström is one of the most versatile race car drivers in the world. Now he has embarked on one of the biggest challenges of his career – participating in the development of the CUPRA e-Racer as an official driver.
He is working closely with the team of engineers and technicians to fine-tune the fully electric race car and compete in the new ETCR race format in 2020.Everything is ready at the Montmeló Circuit in Barcelona for Mattias Ekström to test it for the first time on a paved surface, and we meet up with him in the pits to get his reactions