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Spanish Carmaker SEAT Removes Veil On Cupra e-Racer

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Volkswagen-owned SEAT announced that it has come up with the Cupra e-Racer, a fully electric racing touring car that will be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show. The Spanish automaker calls it the world’s “first 100 percent electric racing touring car,” which, based on its specs, is truly one of a kind.

Everywhere you look, fully electric racing cars are hitting the track, promising to revolutionize the race car industry. There were previous reports that even at the 2020 World Rallycross Championships, electric racers would be part of the program. In fact, they would headline the show. An electric touring car series was also reported to be supporting the Formula E.

Aside from that, Jaguar also announced that an I-Pace eTrophy racing series will be featured alongside Formula E during the 2018-19 season. There is certainly quite a turn and change in the industry as manufacturers scramble among themselves to come up with an enticing fully electric (sometimes, even automated) racing touring car for the tracks.

The Cupra e-Racer is based on the Cupra Leon TCR touring car, and is expected to headline a new E TCR category. The Cupra e-Racer can produce 400 horsepower that will peak at 670 horsepower.

The Cupra brand is new, so that e-Racer will probably act as the best vehicle the Spanish automaker can come up with now. It is expected that the brand will take over SEAT’s entire motorsport and racing division, given that it has done a fantastic job in the last touring car it produced and developed.

SEAT’s motorsport and racing division is originally under the SEAT Sport brand. If you are still unsure how SEAT wants to market its Cupra brand, or what it plans for it, you better take a look at what it tweeted earlier: “It didn’t come here to play games. It’s coming strong. And coming to stay. Discover CUPRA’s launch at https://t.co/RW2yM88LCi pic.twitter.com/F1vfqrByqi.”

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3 Important Features Of The 2017 Seat Ibiza

2017 Seat Ibiza (4)

The fifth-generation Seat Ibiza had a lot of leaks in the past weeks. And since the internet has typically spoiled the surprise, the maker of the auto was forced to release the official pictures when the leaks were already widespread.

It’s time we also take a look at the official photos of the car:

1. Subcompact

Do you remember the five-door Leon compact hatchback? The 2017 Seat Ibiza looks quite similar to that in terms of the platform used and the dimensions as well. This supermini is just like the subcompact version of the Leon. That’s extremely shortsighted of the company, but competitors need to raise their A game.

The photos leaked were that of the Ibiza’s high-end version. The LED headlights and the alloys look mighty fine on the high-end model. We bet that it will cost more to have those on the Ibiza.

When it comes to the rear end, that’s where the comparisons between Leon and Ibiza end. The Ibiza has a double exhaust feature, which the Leon lacks.

2. Dimensions

The new Ibiza will be wider and the wheelbase will be longer by at least nine centimeters. That’s all because there’s a 355-liter trunk capacity somewhere in the interior. This is the same as the Golf 6, mind you.

When it comes to the interior, the infotainment system should be a blast thanks to the eight-inch display.

3. Powertrain

The high-end model will have a 1.4 TSI with 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. If that’s too much for you, there’s the base model 1.0 TSI with an Eco version that produces 95 horsepower and paired with a five-speed manual.

The regular version, on the other hand, can come up with 115 horsepower and 200 Nm. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed DSG.

Official Photos

Check out the official photos of the 2017 Seat Ibiza below:

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