- Photo Credit: Extreme E Media Centre

ABT Cupra XE Reveal New Design

It look as smooth as a tiger in a tuxedo.

“We strongly believe in the Extreme E project as a whole,”

Antonino Labate

CUPRA, the Spanish automotive brand, unveiled its brand new Tavascan Extreme E Concept today, which is set to be implemented into its ABT CUPRA team racing vehicle in the all-electric off-road racing series.

Currently driving for the team in Extreme E are Mattias Ekstrom and Jutta Kleinschmidt. At the latest round of Extreme E in Greenland almost two weeks ago, with the team currently sitting in sixth place overall.

The all-electric off-road racing car is the next stage in the brand’s Extreme E adventure. It also hints at the style of designs that will be used in the future series production CUPRA Tavascan, the brand’s second 100 per cent electric model, and first electric SUV, which will be designed and developed in Barcelona before hitting the European and overseas markets in 2024.

Photo Credit: Extreme E Media Centre

Photo Credit: Extreme E Media Centre

"I can’t wait to see it make its racing debut,"

Alejandro Agag

The design of the front and rear has changed considerably from the vehicle competing in the current Extreme E season. For example, LED technology delivers greater freedom to produce a vehicle with CUPRA DNA; the headlights in three triangle groups on either side provide a more imposing look.

And the lighting is set into a 3D printed frame – a technology chosen to give the CUPRA Tavascan Extreme E Concept a distinguished look. The 3D printed parts are also more efficient as they can be manufactured in just six hours.

Keeping in line with the Extreme E racing series' stance on increasing environmental awareness, the CUPRA Tavascan Extreme E Concept is pushing boundaries here too, making the vehicle even more sustainable.

Constructing as much of the body structure as possible from flax fibres – extracted from the flax plant – means that the carbon fibre components can be replaced reducing the vehicle’s impact on the environment. Consequently, there’s no detriment to performance as the material can be worked in the same way as it achieves the same shapes and radii required by engineers. It is already a technology that could easily be adapted to production vehicles.

The precise date for when the new generation car is to be deployed into Extreme E is still to be confirmed, but anticipation to see it in action is already going through the roof

Extreme E will go racing next in Sardinia on the 23rd and 24th October 2021.

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