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Upgraded Car Among Changes for 2019 smart EQ e-cup

Upgraded cars, and new calendar for second season of smart EQ fortwo e-cup track series…

Photo: LPD Italia

An upgraded car will serve as one of the focal points for the second season of the smart EQ fortwo e-cup Track Speed Championship when it gets underway in May.

The championship, which was launched last year, is an Italian-based single-make electric series using identical race-prepared versions of the smart EQ fortwo supermini.

In addition to the Track Speed Championship, organizer LPD Italia will also launch a rallycross version, announced earlier this month, named the smart EQ fortwo e-cup Rallycross Championship as part of the Italian Rallycross Championship.

Both championships will run simultaneously this season, using similar fully-electric smart EQ fortwos.

The updated car for the Track Speed series is more than 80 kg lighter than last season’s car and features a lower center of gravity to improve handling.

Pirelli will also supply new Cinturato P1 tires to increase grip and safety, while cars will be equipped with new wheel rims from Alcar Italia.

Energy partner Enel X will use its innovative JuicePole for fast recharging of the cars, meanwhile.

A prize money purse of €30,000 ($34,000) has been confirmed, with half distributed throughout the season after each race and the remaining half reserved as final prize money.

Separate classes have also been introduced for female drivers, junior drivers up to 21 years old, gentlemen drivers aged 50 and above, and a rookie cup for newcomers to motorsport.

Every race will be broadcast live on smart Italy’s Facebook page, with cross-posting on several other pages.

The series will get underway at Vallelunga on May 4-5 before races at Misano, Adria, Magione and a return to Vallelunga.

The finale will take place at Franciacorta on Nov. 9-10.

Click here to view the schedules for both the Track Speed and Rallycross championships.

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 at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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    March 28, 2019 at 8:56 am

    That looks fun. Often the best racing is with regular cars. It’s a lot of fun to race on GT Sport with slow cars not designed for racing.

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