CUPRA ‘positive’ after first e-Racer test

CUPRA Racing were pleased with the first official test of their e-Racer, with which the Spanish brand will contest the opening season of PURE ETCR, last week.

MotorLand Aragòn, Spain, was the venue of the car’s first test since being fitted with the ETCR technical kit. Jordi Gené completed more than 250km of testing last Thursday and Friday.

“At the end of last week we ran for the first time on a real racetrack since integrating the official ETCR technology in the UK,” said Xavi Serra – Head of Development at CUPRA Racing.

“We worked on the calibration of all the systems and have started to learn what we need to do to get the best out of them.

“It’s been a great challenge because we’ve had to get used to the charging and cooling phases with the new ETCR-certified technology, but the result was positive and we had no problems. We are more and more prepared to start competing.”

Gené, a Spanish Touring Car Champion and World Touring Car Championship race winner, was impressed by the experience.

“In addition to its spectacular acceleration, the CUPRA e-Racer has fantastic weight distribution as well which, combined with the position of the battery, gives us very good feedback,” he said.

“It is a car that handles extremely well and we’re very happy with the development work we’ve done.”

Gené will be joined in the team by DTM and World Rallycross Champion Mattias Ekstrom and Mikel Azcona, a WTCR race winner and former TCR Europe title winner.

PURE ETCR gets underway at Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi on June 18-20.

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