This is the moment the world’s first fully-electric touring car is driven round a racetrack – as manufacturers continue to adapt to the changing face of motoring.

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Cupra, which is the performance arm of SEAT, is developing the striking e-Racer – a zero emission track car capable of 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds.

To showcase the groundbreaking vehicle’s development, Swedish racing driver Mattias Ekström put the e-Racer through its paces at the Montmeló circuit in Barcelona.

Gone is the deafening sound of a roaring petrol engine – with the e-Racer letting off a strange, whistle-like sound instead.

Despite a giant battery making it 400kg heavier than its petrol-powered touring car sibling, the e-Racer’s four electric motors ensure it is no slouch.

With the equivalent of 500 kW (670bhp), the e-Racer accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and from 0-124mph in 8.2 seconds. Top speed is 167mph.

The Cupra e-Racer is a response to a growing interest in electric motorsport – the fifth season of Formula E recently concluded while the electric touring car championship set to start next year.

Mattias Ekström, who is a three-time Race of Champions winner, said: “After a career dedicated to the racing world where I had explored all combustion engine formats I wanted to transition to electric racing with Cupra, which has been a pathfinder in this segment since its creation.

I think the biggest challenge is getting used to driving with no gearbox and without the roar of the engine as a reference for knowing, for example, how fast to go when taking curves.
It felt really good, especially when reaching full power coming out of the slow curves on the circuit.
I really enjoyed the first lap. The second also went well, although I began to notice that I was forcing the rear tyres.
I still need some time to get used to the sound of the engine. It’s much quieter than any other I’ve driven before, and I’m a very emotional driver.

Ekström is working closely with the team of engineers and technicians to fine tune the e-Racer ahead of the launch of the new Electric Touring Car Series which starts next year.

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