This Electric Touring Car Uses 440 LBS of Dry Ice Per Day

VW's Spanish brand Seat has a lot of testing to do with its Rimac-powered racing car before it can make its racing debut in 2020. And a lot of dry ice.

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Xavi Bonilla

Following in the footsteps of Formula E, World Rally Cross is going electric in two years. WSC Technology, developer of the TCR international touring car championship, is headed in a similar direction, planning to launch an electric TCR category for 2020.

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So far, Spanish VW subsidiary Seat's performance brand, Cupra, has been the only one actively working on an E TCR prototype, with the car currently being developed with touring car veteran Jordi Gené, who had this to say about the machine:

"The driving style [it requires] is completely different and now you have to use other parameters in order to know what speed you’re driving, how to negotiate a corner, or the right time to apply the brake. The feeling of acceleration of the e-Racer is much more forceful, and the adrenaline rush is even bigger."

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The Rimac-sourced electric motor in the Cupra e-Racer produces 680 horsepower and 708 lb-ft of torque, but despite its single-speed gearbox, the weight of the batteries means the Cupra needs 3.2 seconds for a 0-60 mph run. Plus, it not's like you can just keep going without a recharge...

Four-hundred forty pounds of dry ice per day. That's what the e-Racer's battery pack demands for cooling, with an indicator warning the driver when it's time to return to the pit box for more. There's time for a coffee, because the ice-bath lasts for 20 minutes after each red flag. According to team boss Xavier Serra, positioning the 990-pound battery pack "was one of the biggest challenges" the team had to face. A regular touring car weighs 2700 pounds without any ballast. Meanwhile, Cupra's mechanics need to wear gloves that can resist up to 1000 volts. That has to be a new experience.

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