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Rimac, Cupra Form Technical Partnership on E TCR Car

Electric hypercar manufacturer Rimac forms technical partnership on Cupra e-Racer…

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Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer Rimac Automobili has joined forces with SEAT’s Cupra brand to form a technical partnership on the Cupra e-Racer E TCR car.

The electric touring car, along with the Spanish automaker’s Cupra brand, was revealed ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show and is currently the only car built to E TCR regulations.

TCR promoter WSC Ltd. announced its electric touring car series alongside the Cupra launch in March.

Cupra and Rimac recently took the car to a track in the Croatian capital Zagreb to test the integration of the electric battery pack into the rest of the vehicle.

“Our story started with racing and we have always felt a strong connection to the motorsport world,” said Rimac Founder and CEO Mate Rimac.

“More than anything, our aim is to prove that electric cars of the future are fun, fast and exciting.

“The opportunity to collaborate with Cupra on the e-Racer and introduce a whole new E TCR category in e-Racing is a great responsibility for Rimac.

“This exciting project in our portfolio will challenge us to meet the performance and safety expectations of race cars pushing us to the very best of our technical capabilities.”

Porsche Acquires Minority Stake in Rimac

Porsche AG acquired a ten percent stake in Rimac last month and is set to pursue a development partnership as part of its electrification efforts.

Rimac’s main focus is on high-voltage battery technology, electric powertrains and digital interfaces between humans and machines.

“We feel that Rimac’s ideas and approaches are extremely promising, which is why we hope to enter into close collaboration with the company in the form of a development partnership,” commented Porsche’s Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT.

In addition to the Cupra and E TCR reveals, Rimac took the covers off its latest electric hypercar at Geneva in March, named the C Two.

The two-seater produces around 2000 hp and has a claimed top speed of 256 mph with a range of 400 miles.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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    July 9, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Starting to fear for the future of Rimac as looks like their tights to the VAG Group is increasing – Porsche took 10% ownership and now they are partnering with Cupra/Seat. Would be better for the company to remain independent than become part of a large conglomerate as the VW group – if VW was ever committed to advance EV technologies they could have it done two decades ago…

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