Too bad despite the purists, zero emission motorsport is here to stay. This is reflected in the proliferation of electrical categories. Monoposts are represented by the Formula E, the SUV by the Extreme E and now it is the turn of the touring cars hand in hand with the PURE ETCR.
The basis of this series is the TCR, a concept for this type of vehicle created by WSC Group. The new championship is organized by Eurosport Events, the promoter company that is also in charge of the WTCR, the successor to the World Touring Car.
Electric cars are rear-wheel drive with motors that deliver 500 kW (670 hp) and mount a 65 kWh battery. By regulation, the only areas where small margins for adaptation and work are allowed by each brand are the chassis, aerodynamics and body dimensions.
In this first stage, only three models and three teams with four drivers each. El Hyundai motorsport n will enlist the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR; CUPRA, who was associated with the Zengo Motorsport, will be represented by the CUPRA e-racer. The trio is completed by the partnership between Romeo Ferrari y M1RA who developed on his own a Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR.
“We started something revolutionary; an electric touring car championship that will create a platform for leading manufacturers to showcase their latest products ", summarized Xavier Gavory, director of the PURE ETCR
Swedish Mattias Ekstrom, the Spanish Jordi Gené, The Brazilian Augusto Farfus and British Tom chilton are some of the top-of-the-line riders who will face off in the PURE ETCR, which will have a particular system to define the winner of each weekend.
Participants will form groups by lottery and will face each other in short and exciting races, between eight and ten kilometers apart, where they will have tools such as "Power-Up" that will provide them with extra power to overtake a rival or defend position.
According to the results of the "battles" the final rounds will be formed, in which both the winner and the rest of the results will be decided, with races between twelve and fifteen kilometers apart.
The 2021 championship will be made up of five events. It will start this weekend in Vallelunga (Italy). Later, it will be presented at Aragon (Spain), Copenhagen (Denmark), Hungaroring (Hungary) and the closing will be in Inje (South Korea).
PURE ETCR: PILOTS AND TEAMS
|3||Tom Chilton (GBR)||Hyundai motorsport n||Hyundai Veloster N ETCR|
|5||Mattias Ekström (SUE)||Zengo Motorsport X CUPRA||CUPRA e-Racer|
|6||Oli Webb (GBR)||Romeo Ferraris-M1RA||Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris|
|8||Augusto Farfus (BRA)||Hyundai motorsport n||Hyundai Veloster N ETCR|
|13||Rodrigo Baptista (BRA)||Romeo Ferraris-M1RA||Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris|
|25||Luca Filippi (ITA)||Romeo Ferraris-M1RA||Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris|
|27||John Filippi (FRA)||Hyundai motorsport n||Hyundai Veloster N ETCR|
|28||Jordi Gené (ESP)||Zengo Motorsport X CUPRA||CUPRA e-Racer|
|69||Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA)||Hyundai motorsport n||Hyundai Veloster N ETCR|
|88||Stefano Coletti (MON)||Romeo Ferraris-M1RA||Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR by Romeo Ferraris|
|96||Mikel Azcona (ESP)||Zengo Motorsport X CUPRA||CUPRA e-Racer|
|99||Daniel Nagy (HUN)||Zengo Motorsport X CUPRA||CUPRA e-Racer|