SEAT’s new performance brand is all ready to do some serious racing

SEAT’s now standalone CUPRA performance brand is making its debut appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, and it’s making history in the process. The world’s first fully electric racing touring car in the world is wearing a CUPRA badge, and it’s called the CUPRA e-Racer. Largely based on the SEAT Leon TCR touring car, the CUPRA e-Racer not only looks like a serious race car, it also has as much as 670 horsepower at its disposal.

CUPRA e-Racer Exterior

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All the components that were included in the creation of this race car serve one purpose: performance

The CUPRA e-Racer looks like it’s ready to do some serious racing. While it retains some of the Leon TCR’s aesthetic language, the e-Racer is its own race car. It has a longer hood that slides down to the nose. The dynamic headlamp architecture is there, though it’s plainly obvious that the front section’s most significant features are the bumper, fenders, intakes, and splitter, all of which appear to have been injected with the good stuff. The car sits so close to the ground it’s easy to wonder how much clearance it really has. All the components that were included in the creation of this race car serve one purpose: performance. The arches are wide and massive, the carbon fiber elements are all present, and that massive rear wing puts everything together.

There’s no question that the ground-hugging CUPRA e-Racer is all about. You only need to look at it to know that it’s a menacing full-fledged racer.

CUPRA e-Racer Interior

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There are no shots of the interior, but we can imagine that, given its purpose, the CUPRA e-Racer has a race-spec cabin as well. That means that most of the creature comforts from the production model have been taken out in order to make the car lighter. Race seats, a sports steering wheel, and a roll bar at the back are also a given. In fact, you can see the roll bars already from the press photos we already have.

Beyond these usual inclusions, the interior of the CUPRA e-Racer remains a little bit of a mystery.

CUPRA e-Racer Performance

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That explains why it has four electric motors that can combine to produce a continuous output of 402 horsepower and a peak output approaching 670 horsepower

What’s not a mystery is the race car’s power and performance capabilities. The CUPRA e-Racer is born to race. That explains why it has four electric motors that can combine to produce a continuous output of 402 horsepower and a peak output approaching 670 horsepower. As incredible as that is, the CUPRA e-Racer can get to that power number with a single gear with Torque vectoring and rear-wheel traction. The rear-wheel-drive setup of the car is one of the few differences it has compared to the standard Leon TCR, which has a front-wheel-drive setup. It’s also 660 pounds heavier, but it does make up for it with a 65-kWh battery pack that can recover energy under braking. All told, the CUPRA e-Racer is capable of covering 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 8.2 seconds. Its top speed sits at 168 mph.


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I wish CUPRA has more details about the e-Racer, but based on what it’s already revealed, the all-electric race car has the promise to turn some heads. All it needs to do from here is to show that it has the performance capabilities to back up its surprisingly good looks.

  • Leave it
    • * Nothing luxurious about it
    • * When will see it race?
    • * Can’t use it in the streets


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Press release

After its official reveal a few days ago in Barcelona, the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show will be the perfect backdrop to present the CUPRA brand to the international public. The new performance brand will have its own booth and will be standing next to SEAT.

World Premiere of the CUPRA e-Racer: the first 100% electric racing touring car in the world
Just as it could be no other way, CUPRA is also going to go racing. CUPRA will take on all the responsibilities and work previously carried out by SEAT Sport. CUPRA will inherit SEAT’s involvement in the world of motorsport that has lasted for more than 40 years but, at the same time, it is conscious that the future of racing will move onto alternative powertrain systems. CUPRA’s objective is to pave the way and lead the change towards efficient and clean racing.

With this in mind, the CUPRA e-Racer is going to have a very special leading role at the CUPRA stand at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Since 2014, SEAT has been the main reference point in the TCR International Series with the Leon Cup Racer, not to forget that SEAT Sport produces all of the Volkswagen Group’s models that take part in the TCR (Audi RS3 LMS and Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR) at both regional and international levels.

The CUPRA e-Racer is a 100% electric racing car based on the petrol-powered Cup Racer. As well as being much cleaner and more environmentally friendly, the CUPRA e-Racer is much quieter; its performance is equally as impressive as a traditional racing car’s.

There are also many other advantages. An electric motor is much simpler, requiring much less maintenance and above all, it is more efficient as it practically uses all of the supplied energy, while a combustion engine only uses, in the best case scenario, up to 30% of its fuel energy. Additionally, kinetic energy is harnessed to recover power under braking and in deceleration phases. As if that weren’t enough, acceleration is much better as an electric car has its maximum torque available from the moment the accelerator is pressed; no longer is it necessary to reach a certain level of revolutions per minute in order to achieve maximum performance. For the same reason, a gearbox is no longer necessary.

The CUPRA e-Racer is a true motorsport car, delivering 300 kW of continuous power and up to 500 kW (680 PS) at its peak, featuring one single gear with Torque vectoring and with rear wheel traction. The CUPRA e-Racer is equipped with a new rear vision technology that is displayed within the dashboard. The vehicle uses three cameras instead of the traditional rear-view mirrors.

The CUPRA e-Racer can reach a top speed of 270 km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.2 secs, and 0 to 200 km/h in only 8.2 secs.

The CUPRA e-Racer’s intention is to exceed the performance of the conventional version to demonstrate CUPRA’s technological capabilities at all levels. Throughout 2018, specially chosen events will showcase the CUPRA e-Racer and a competition for purely electric touring cars is anticipated from 2019. The format, race duration and simply the way of experiencing these races for drivers, teams and fans will be completely different: much more active, incredibly dynamic, intense and exciting.

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