CUPRA continues to advance on its path to becoming an all-electric brand. A few months ago he presented the CUPRA Born with the purpose of demonstrating that zero-emission vehicles can also be passionate, and more recently surprised with the UrbanRebel Concept, which with the same spirit, advances the lines of its future city car.
Today the protagonist is CUPRA Tavascan Extreme E Concept: a prototype that in addition to injecting CUPRA DNA into the Odyssey 21 with which the brand will become the second manufacturer to use its own body for a team of Extreme E, showcases the design language of the brand’s future series-production SUV: the CUPRA Tavascan, which, as the brand has already advanced, will arrive in 2024.
Pure 3D printed CUPRA character
The off-road electric SUVs of the Extreme E Championship they compete in remote parts of the globe where ecosystems are threatened by the devastating effects of climate change. As it happens in the Formula E, the participating teams race with a similar car, although in the Extreme E the brands already have the ability to design your own bodywork.
The first brand to seize the opportunity was GMC, which announced its Hummer EV at the beginning of the year. Now, CUPRA has merged the design of its future Tavascan with the Odyssey and the result could not be more brutal.
At CUPRA Tavascan Extreme E Concept The first thing that stands out is that the design of both the front and the rear changes considerably with respect to the vehicle with which the brand is participating in the first season of Extreme E. The LED headlights stand out, which consist of three groups of triangles each one, and they give it a really imposing look.
The lighting is integrated into a 3d printed frame, a method chosen by CUPRA as printed parts can be manufactured in just six hours, allowing the team to adapt to changes very quickly. In addition, whether due to an incident or changes in the position of the light, components can be modified in a very short time without the need for expensive and complex tools.
Flax fibers for the bodywork
As CUPRA Racing’s head of technical development, Xavi Serra, has revealed, the body structure is largely made of fibers extracted from the flax plant, allowing replacement of carbon fiber components and, consequently, reducing the impact of the vehicle on the environment.
The material allows you to quickly create spare parts and mold the shapes required by the engineers, without any detriment to the car’s performance. Therefore, this technology could easily be adapted to production vehicles.
To stand out from its competitors, the renewed bodywork of the CUPRA Tavascan Extreme E Concept incorporates a decoration with copper details, parametric textures and dynamic lines, which add shine and a sensation of movement.
On a technical level, the brand has confirmed that the CUPRA prototype will continue to have a 54 kWh battery located behind the driver’s seat to maintain optimal weight distribution and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 4 seconds, according to the regulations.