TCR promoter WSC officially launched its new ETCR series at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday while confirming a 2020 debut for the global electric touring car series.
The ETCR platform was initially announced in March along with SEAT’s Cupra e-Racer, currently the only car built to the regulations.
The format is expected to begin with an international championship, similar to current TCR headline series FIA WTCR, in 2020.
Further regional and national championships will then be created for subsequent seasons in different regions, depending on demand.
The launch event was followed by the first public on-track run of the Cupra e-Racer, driven by test driver Jordi Gene.
“The ETCR applies electric power units to the very same chassis concept of TCR cars,” explained WSC president Marcello Lotti.
“It is already attracting the interest of different car manufacturers that also regard it as a tool to restore the role of motorsport as a platform for research & development that can transfer experience and innovations to the standard products.
“Our ultimate goal is to show the fans that electric car races are as entertaining as those for the internal combustion-engined cars.
“And we would like to highlight the deep involvement of Cupra in the overall project from a technical point of view.
“The cooperation between WSC and SEAT began from the inception of the TCR concept and has now taken a further step forward during this project with the development of the first racing car built in compliance with the ETCR technical regulations.”
While Cupra is currently the only brand confirmed for the series, e-racing365 understands that other manufacturers are expected to announce entries later this year.