A few kilometers from the Arctic Circle it is still winter and the thermometer maintains temperatures below zero. In a white and immaculate region, where up to 200 different words are used to describe snow in the local culture, with temperatures reaching 30 below zero and a circuit over a 6 km 2 frozen lake, the new CUPRA Born last its setting. aim.
CUPRA engineers have spent two years testing the car in this inhospitable environment, using cutting-edge technology to take the development of this new electric car to the highest level.
Now, in the last tests before its launch this new car reaches the limit to ensure that the first 100% electric car of the brand, fulfills the promises and the expectations in the most difficult conditions.
Electrical performance in extreme cold
The last stage of testing before its arrival on the market is a decisive phase in the development of the CUPRA Born. The brand’s engineering team subjects the electric to more than 1,000 tests at the coldest temperatures on the planet. The durability test consists of driving 30,000 kilometers day and night . The objective is to guarantee that with the new model it achieves the best performance in any condition.
The electric CUPRA seeks a dynamism that is the fundamental axis of development. On a circuit on a frozen lake, the Dynamic Chassis Control and the different firmness options of the shock absorbers are checked .
The inner part of the track is more polished, the outer less, in order to facilitate sliding. The engineers thus ensure its sportiness with the highest level of safety.
Under extreme conditions, it is put to the test on tracks that combine, in different ways, ice and asphalt surfaces, which means different adhesions. Thanks to these characteristics of the test circuit, the most difficult conditions are recreated. Sensors on all four wheels analyze each terrain to find the balance that provides the most stable braking.
The polar cold makes it possible to verify the true capacity of the entire air conditioning system of the CUPRA Born, which, since an electric car is electric, is instantaneous. In tests, even at -30º C, the vehicle delivers the highest level of calorific power from the first second.
Despite being almost 4,000 km from the Seat-CUPRA Technical Center in Spain, the engineers have used the most advanced technology, such as 3D printers, to design their air conditioning .
The development team has overcome different challenges: on the one hand, creating a silent system and, on the other, efficient, to obtain the best feeling of comfort while maintaining the highest level of autonomy.
The brand confirms that the first 100% electric CUPRA has successfully completed each of the more than 1,000 tests to the limit . Its technology, performance, dynamism, precision braking and comfort are proof of the most extreme climates.
The world launch of the first 100% electric CUPRA model will take place at the beginning of May , so the wait is about to end.