Cupra Tavascan Extreme E Concept has racing DNA. The all-electric off-road racing car is the next phase in the brand’s Extreme E journey, and it also teases the design language that will be used in the Tavascan, the brand’s second 100 percent electric model, which will be designed and developed in Barcelona and arrive in Europe and overseas markets in 2024.
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Cupra Tavascan puts to use the latest production technologies
The Cupra Tavascan Extreme E Concept combines a totally new external design with 100% Cupra DNA and a holistic approach to natural material usage, making it more sustainable and flexible.
“We strongly believe in the Extreme E project as a whole. Electrification, sustainability, gender balance, and diversity are common values between our company and Extreme E. The Tavascan Extreme E Concept is clear proof of the hard work that we’re doing in order to be able to compete next season.” said Antonino Labate, Director of Strategy, Business Development and Operations.
The front and back design of the car has altered significantly since it raced in the inaugural season of Extreme E. LED technology allows for more creative flexibility when designing a car with Cupra DNA; the headlights are arranged in three triangular groups on each side for a more intimidating appearance.
The lighting is also housed in a 3D printed frame, which was chosen as a feature of the Tavascan Extreme E Concept.
Innovation and adaptability are the pillars of success for Cupra
3D printed components are more efficient since they may be made in as little as six hours. That means the team can rapidly react to changes; whether it’s due to an event or a change in the light position, the components may be changed in a short amount of time without the need for onerous and costly equipment.
“The Tavascan Extreme E Concept is the next evolution of our all-electric off-road racing car with even more Cupra DNA and a design hints at the brand’s future direction. But it also delivers technical advancement too. The Tavascan Extreme E Concept uses flax fibers throughout the bodywork to improve sustainability and 3D printed elements that can be quickly recreated to keep the racecar out on the track.”, said Head of Technical Development at Cupra Racing Xavi Serra.
However, the Extreme E racing series is all about raising environmental consciousness, and the Tavascan Extreme E Concept does just that, making the car even more environmentally friendly.
By making as much of the body structure out of flax fibers – which are derived from the flax plant – the carbon fiber components may be substituted, lowering the vehicle’s environmental effect. And there’s no loss of performance since the material can be handled in the same manner, resulting in the exact forms and radii that engineers need. It’s already a technology that might be readily applied to mass-market cars.
The rejuvenated body of the Tavascan Extreme E Concept is completed with a livery that will make it stand out whether it’s racing in the arctic, desert, glacier, or ocean.
A special kind of performance
Copper elements – a time-honored company mark, parametric texturing, and dynamized lines to assist the exterior shimmer and move as the vehicle moves across the terrain, and an overlapping logo to produce a dramatic 3D effect – are used to complete the all-electric off-road racer.
The Tavascan Extreme E Concept has a 54-kWh battery that is mounted behind the cockpit for true rear weight distribution and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in approximately 4 seconds, fulfilling the racing series’ requirements.
The Spanish company has always been a part of Extreme E. It was the first automaker to declare its involvement, partnering with ABT Sportsline as the team’s primary sponsor. Cupra’s electrification study is being aided by the Extreme E series, which promotes electrification, sustainability, and gender equality.