Despite the fact that Jordi Gené will turn 51 in December 2021, the rider has expressed his desire to start the Pure ETCR. The Spaniard has remained active as a Cupra Racing test driver, fine-tuning developing the Cupra e-Racer, with which the Spanish brand will be present in the new all-electric category.
“This last year and a half has been particularly hard. I have been very busy with the development of the Cupra e-Racer and also involved in the development of road cars … as well as promotional activities. But I am very happy, I really enjoy my work, it’s great to have a wheel in your hands every day!” Gené said in a statement for Racer.
The one from Sabadell, Spain, expressed that he hopes to remain competitive in the final stage of his career. He also gave details about everything that has been the development process of the Cupra e-Racer.
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“The Cupra e-Racer is something totally new. It has been a privilege to have worked in development from the beginning. It is a competition vehicle, totally electric, which represents a double challenge: The first is its development and the other, the driving (…) It is a very challenging car. The electrics generate great torque and great acceleration and that is a challenge for those of us who get behind the wheel,” he said.
Gené said that he expects the races to be fun for both drivers and spectators with the specific format of the races, inspired by rallycross, and the lack of noise.
“This is even a problem for us. There is no noise, there are no gearboxes, so the references for braking or lifting the foot are different. You have to keep the car straight as long as possible. So you have to brake straight, turn sharply and get the car straight again as soon as possible. The lines are different; the cornering is different; the line is different. We are going to be slower in the corner, but we are going to gain in acceleration,” he said about what will be seen in the series.
Gené has played a fundamental role in the development of the Championship regulations. The rules have been based on the Cupra’s experiences with the first prototype of the e-Racer, which served as the basis for the technical foundations of the Championship.
The Pure ETCR is a series aimed at electric tourism cars that will start from June 18 to 20, 2021 at the Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi in Italy.
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Written by | Gabriel Sayago