The Spanish brand Cupra, one of the manufacturers that relied on the proposal of the Extreme E, decided to evolve the vehicle it uses in the electric category with some aspects that the future will have Production tavascan. Thus was born the Cupra Tavascan Extreme E Concept which serves as a preview for its second 100% electric model that will reach all markets in 2024.
The Cupra Tavascan Extreme E Concept shows a completely new exterior design with 100% Cupra genetics and makes widespread use of natural materials that not only make it more sustainable, but also more flexible and easy to repair.
"We firmly believe in the Extreme E project as a whole", comments Antonino Labate, Director of Strategy, Business Development and Operations of the brand. "Electrification, sustainability, gender balance and diversity are values common to Cupra and Extreme E. The Tavascan Extreme E Concept is clear proof of the hard work we are doing in our racing department", He added.
The design of the front and rear changes considerably with respect to the vehicle that is participating in the first season of Extreme E. The LED technology offers greater freedom when transferring Cupra DNA; the headlamps, which consist of three groups of triangles each, give the front end an imposing look.
The lighting is integrated into a 3D printed frame, a method chosen to give the Tavascan Extreme E Concept a technological advantage over its competitors.
HR 3d printed parts they are more efficient because they can be manufactured in as little as six hours, allowing the team to adapt to changes very quickly. Either due to an incident or changes in the position of the light, components can be modified in a very short time without the need for expensive and complex tools.
“The Tavascan Extreme E Concept is the next evolution of our 100% electric off-road racing vehicle. It has all the Cupra DNA and a design that shows the direction in which the brand is headed. But it also offers technical advances ", ensures Xavi Serra, Head of Technical Development at Cupra Racing. "The Tavascan Extreme E Concept uses flax fibers throughout the body that enhance sustainability, as well as 3D-printed elements that can be manufactured quickly so that the car is always on the track."
The body structure is largely made of fibers extracted from the flax plant, allowing replacement of carbon fiber components and, consequently, reducing the impact of the vehicle on the environment.
The material can be worked in the same way and allows to achieve the same shapes required by the engineers, without any detriment to the performance of the car. This technology could easily be adapted to production vehicles.
The renewed bodywork of the Tavascan Extreme E Concept incorporates a decoration that will help you stand out on all types of terrainRegardless of whether it is competing in the Arctic, in desert locations, or near glaciers and oceans.
The 100% electric racing off-road vehicle features copper accents, parametric textures and dynamic lines, which add shine and a sense of movement as the vehicle moves. The logo overlaid with the Cupra emblem creates a powerful 3D effect.
The Cupra Tavascan Extreme E Concept is equipped with a 54 kWh battery located behind the cockpit, which achieves optimal weight distribution and allows acceleration of 0 to 100 km / h in about 4 seconds, according to the regulations.
Cupra has been part of Extreme E since its inception. It was the first automotive brand to announce its participation, joining forces with ABT Sportsline as main partner.