Electric racing is here to stay, regardless of how strongly the purists feel. This weekend another series debuts that relies purely on battery power for motivation. The Pure ETCR hosts its very first race meeting at Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi near Rome. 

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Pure ETCR is the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car series. The entry list includes purpose-built electric racers from Seat and Hyundai, as well as the Alfa Romeo Giulia-based entry from Italian privateer Romeo Ferraris.

The Pure ETCR racers are the most powerful touring cars competing anywhere today. The 100% electric rear-wheel drive touring cars produce 500 kW. The powertrain is supplied by a single company and clothed in the bodywork of the individual manufacturers. All cars run on a mandated treaded tyre from one manufacturer.

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Flat out

The format of racing is similar to that of rallycross in that there are multiple qualifying races as well as a final. Each race will be a maximum of 25 km long, with drivers lining up behind starting gates on the track. They’ll then race around short circuits in a series of battle rounds to crown the King or Queen of the weekend after the Super Final. You can learn more about it in the video at the bottom of this post.

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For the inaugural season the driving list includes Mattias Ekström, Jean-Karl Vernay and Augusto Farfus who all bring international title-winning pedigree. These heavyweights will be challenged for honours by touring car newcomers like Oli Webb and Rodrigo Baptista.