The first electric CUPRA, tested at -30ºC.
Wintertime, just a few kilometres from the Arctic Circle. A land of endless white where the locals have around 200 words to describe snow, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees below zero and a circuit laid out on a frozen lake covering an area of 6km2. This is the harsh environment in which the CUPRA engineers have spent two years testing the car, using cutting-edge technology to take the development of the CUPRA Born to the highest level. Now, in the final test stage before its launch, they are pushing the brand’s first 100% electric car to its limits in the most difficult of conditions.
Electrical performance in extreme cold.
A decisive phase in the development of the CUPRA Born. The CUPRA team subjects the electric car to more than 1,000 tests in the coldest temperatures on the planet. The durability test consists of driving 30,000 kilometres throughout the day and night. The aim is to ensure that the CUPRA Born delivers the best performance in all conditions.
100% CUPRA adrenaline.
The dynamism of the first 100% electric CUPRA has been a crucial aspect of its development. The Dynamic Chassis Control and the different damper firmness settings are tested on a circuit set out on a frozen lake. The inner part of the track is more polished, the outer part less so to increase sliding. In this way, the engineers enhance sportive prowess with no impact on the environment.
The CUPRA Born is put to the test on tracks that combine ice and asphalt surfaces in different ways, resulting in different grip conditions. The CUPRA team recreates the most difficult conditions possible. Sensors on all four wheels analyse each type of terrain to find the balance that provides the most stable braking.
As it is fully electric, the response of the CUPRA Born’s climate control system is immediate. Even at -30ºC, the vehicle delivers the maximum level of heating power from the very first second. Despite being almost 4,000 km away from the Technical Centre in Martorell (Barcelona), the engineers used state-of-the-art technology, such as 3D printers, to develop the air conditioning system. They overcame several challenges; on one hand, to create a silent system, and on the other, to maintain maximum efficiency and thereby obtain the best feeling of comfort and the highest level of autonomy.
The CUPRA Born, coming soon.
CUPRA’s first 100% electric car has successfully completed each of the over 1,000 extreme tests it has been subjected to. Its technology, performance, dynamism, braking precision and comfort are no foe to the most severe climates.