Not only are the cars brand new; so is the event format.
To highlight the ultra-high-performance capabilities of the 500kw PURE ETCR vehicles, every car will be put through its paces in a number of short, sharp, wheel-to-wheel battles; each driver pushing their car to its limits with no need for energy-saving tactics.
A live draw will split the PURE ETCR field into Battle groups with drivers from the same manufacturer deliberately kept apart for Battle 1. Cars start side-by-side with the first-drawn driver having first choice on where they line up.
Winners progress to the top groups of Battle 2 with runners-up squaring-up against each other and the remaining drivers doing the same. All Battle 2 winners progress to the Grand Final with runners-up in the B Final and the remaining drivers in the C Final.
An increasing number of points are awarded at every stage except Battle 3; a single-car, all-or-nothing blast over one lap to determine who gets first choice of starting position in each final. The Grand Final winner is the event King or Queen and will automatically be the top points-scorer for the round.
KEY INNOVATIONS AT THE HEART OF THE SERIES
Starting gates, fightback mode and Hot Zone introduced
Uniquely among circuit-racing championships, cars will line-up side-by-side for each Battle, inside a giant starting gate, which will become one of the centrepieces of the series. When the lights go out, the gate will open and it’s time for full-throttle action. Once released, every driver will have one use of a ‘push-to-pass’ facility, unleashing extra energy and power to give them a chance to overtake the car ahead.
A ‘fightback’ mode – an additional, smaller, power boost – will give the overtaken rival an opportunity to regain the initiative.
Drivers and teams will prepare for Battle in the ‘Hot Zone’ – a connected area where they can watch the action unfold on the track as their team-mates battle for brand honours. Then they head straight to their cars in the starting gates, ensuring an ultra-fast turnover between Battles.
After crossing the finish line, cars are taken to the Energy Station; the centre of an interactive zone in the middle of the paddock, where fans can watch the vehicles re-energising up-close in safe and engaging environment.
PURE ETCR is the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand, touring car championship, and, uniquely, gives the world’s largest and most-recognisable brands the chance to fight for an official Manufacturers’ title for the first time.
Underpinning this all-new race series is a forward-thinking technical concept set out by TCR creators WSC Group aimed at showing off the most extraordinary performance elements of the world’s fastest-accelerating touring cars and creating exciting on-track battles.
- Four-or-five-door production touring cars
- Electric motor with 300kw continuous power and 500kw maximum power at 1200rpm
- Battery capacity of 65kw at 800v
- Rear-wheel-drive with single gear
- Double wishbone rear suspension with McPherson struts at front
- Common Magelec Propulsion power unit and Williams Advanced Engineering battery pack to fit all cars
- Charging units by EnelX