Jordi Gené says the latest version of the CUPRA e-Racer, which he will drive in PURE ETCR this year, is a significant improvement compared to the car with which he undertook much of the Spanish brand’s initial development work.
Gené; part of CUPRA Racing’s line-up in the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car championship, gave the e-Racer its first test using the full ETCR technical kit at MotorLand Aragón, Spain, in late February.
This was following integration of the kit at Williams Advanced Engineering in the UK, before which he had spent over a year behind the wheel of an interim version of the car.
He continued testing at Autodromo Vallelunga, Italy, last week, and said that the car had evolved in every area compared to the earlier vehicle.
Gené said: “Until now we had a combustion car that had been adapted to carry batteries and an electric motor inside, but this generation has been conceived as electric.
“It involves improvements in terms of weight distribution, the position of the batteries, the aerodynamics… In short, it’s better in every way.”
The Barcelona-based driver was the Spanish Touring Car Champion in 1996 and since then has been a class winner in the Le Mans and Nurburgring 24-hour races and an overall a race winner in both the World Touring Car Championship and the TCR International Series.
Gené said that the test programme would continue during the build-up to the first-ever event at Vallelunga on June 18-20, with many factors still to be finalised on the car.
“With the previous generation [car], we completed between 15 and 20 days of testing, in addition to some promotional days,” he added.
“With the new car we have done the first tests at MotorLand Aragón and Vallelunga, so it is still quite new for me.
“We are still learning things about the systems, the electronics… The car is new, but not the electrical technology, because at CUPRA we have been working on the development of the CUPRA e-Racer for more than two years.”