PURE ETCR is not only the world’s first all-electric touring car championship, it will bring a spectacular and radical new circuit-racing format to the venues of the world designed to showcase the extraordinary performance of the ultra-powerful touring cars.
To showcase the capabilities of the vehicles, they will be put through their paces in a number of short, sharp ‘Battles’, designed to allow drivers to extract maximum performance from their machinery without the need for ‘go-slow’ power-saving tactics.
A live draw will split the field into Battle groups with drivers from the same manufacturer deliberately kept apart for Battle 1.
Cars start side-by-side in a unique starting gate, 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 A 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 A Final winner is the event King or Queen and will automatically be the top points-scorer for the round.
Once released at the start of each battle, 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.
Series Director, Xavier Gavory, said: “The PURE ETCR format is about allowing drivers to push the performance envelope of their cars.
“These are the most powerful touring cars ever developed with 500kw at peak performance equivalent to 680bhp, and fans want to see how fast they can go when they are being driven to their limits. With short races and big rewards for the winners, the emphasis will be on an all-out attack to try and win your battles.”
“Three cars starting side-by-side is something never seen before in touring car racing and will create some huge moments, and push-to-pass ensures we will see plenty of overtaking as well as adding an extra dimension in race tactics.”