PURE ETCR features an event format like no other. Drivers are split into two Pools that determine Cars compete in a number of short and sharp Battles in a bid to progress to the A Final and be crowned King or Queen of the Weekend. There are no energy-saving tactics needed; the cars are pushed to their limit to showcase their high-performance credentials.
PURE ETCR is a brand-new series dedicated to fully electric touring cars. Featuring multiple manufacturers, the cars are derived from standard production models that have been modified and engineered with electric powertrains.
The inaugural season features Hyundai, Alfa Romeo and Cupra going door-to-door in PURE ETCR’s unique racing format. Each manufacturer fields four drivers who share two cars, rotating based on their Pools selection.
This megastructure will be the heart of the PURE ETCR paddock. Cars will head to the Energy Station to re-charge after each session while fans gather round to watch. The hydrogen generators can bring the cars from 10% to 90% charge in just under an hour, so they will be ready to do battle again in no time.
The command centre for PURE ETCR Rounds; team representatives and drivers work together to help their teammates on-track. To add to the drama, the command units in the Hot Zone face each other, with rival teams passing information to their cars at the same time.
PURE ETCR Battles will feature a completely unique starting procedure, with cars lined up side-by-side behind the supersized Starting Gate. Lights and panels will showcase the drivers and teams, counting down to the lights turning green. The gate then opens, unleashing the cars to fight wheel-to-wheel.
An extra 200kW power boost that drivers can use in Round 1’s Battles and the Super Finals to help facilitate an overtake on their rival or pull a gap to their closest competitors. Depending on the event, drivers will have between 20-60 seconds of Power Up to use.
A live draw splits the PURE ETCR grid into two Pools – A and B. The draw then determines the starting positions for the first round of Battles. At each round, Drivers’ Choice is randomly given to one of the competitors who can use it to change their position behind the Starting Gate.
The Golden Ticket is randomly assigned during the Draw after the drivers have been sorted into their Pools to one team representative. Using the Golden Ticket allows them to swap one of the team’s drivers into a different Pool.
PURE ETCR events culminate in two 20-minute Super Finals. This is the final chance to clinch the King or Queen of the Weekend crown. It is the first time during the weekend that all six cars in each Pool will race against each other.
The King or Queen of the Weekend is the top-scoring driver of the event from either Pool A or Pool B, with points available in Rounds 1 and 2 and the Super Final. The PURE ETCR podium is completed by the drivers with the second and third highest haul of points.
PURE ETCR drivers compete for championship points in the Battle Rounds and Super Finals. In Round 1, 15-10-4 points are awarded to the three drivers of each Battle; in Round 2, the winner takes 12 points while the second-placed driver claims 6. 50-42-35-27-20-15 are given to the six drivers according to their finishing position in the Super Finals.
A PURE ETCR car is a four-or-five door production car, powered by a common power unit and battery pack supplied by Magalec Propulsion and Williams Advanced Engineering. The electric motor provides 300kW continuous power and a peak of 500kW at 1200rpm. The car is rear-wheel-drive with a single gear. The battery has a capacity of 65kW at 800v and can charge from 10% to 90% in less than an hour.
There are two main stresses on the PURE ETCR tyres: the car is between 30-40% heavier than a typical touring car, and the immediate power torque at the starting gate. To reduce the number of raw materials and transportation needed, a single-spec all-weather treaded tyre has been designed by Goodyear for the series.
PURE ETCR competes on a variety of tracks. Permanent tracks differ in the wear and tear of the tarmac surface, while street circuits may feature changes in grip between public roads and race-ready sections. Each circuit will pose a different challenge and features changes in elevation, corner configurations, speeds and run-off areas.
Rounds 1 and 2 in PURE ETCR are short, sharp Battles where drivers compete head-to-head. The results of Round 1 determine the Battle groups for Round 2. Round 3 is a one-lap time trial for each car which determines the starting grid for the Super Final.
PURE ETCR features a unique racing format. At the start of the weekend, twelve drivers are sorted into two Pools in the Draw, which determines who they will race against during the weekend. Drivers in different Pools never meet on-track.
The Draw also determines which Battle group each driver will compete in for Round 1. Round 2 pits the fastest, second and third placed finishers from Round 1 against counterparts from the other Battle in their Pool. In Round 1, drivers can score 15-10-4 points based on their finishing position; in Round 2’s head-to-head competition, drivers score either 12 or 6 points.
Round 3 is a time trial with no points on offer; each car heads out one-by-one to attempt to set the fastest time. This determines the starting grid for the Super Finals, which feature all six cars from each Pool competing door-to-door to win the race. There are more points on offer here (50-42-35-27-20-15) with the King of the Weekend the highest-scoring driver of the event from either Pool.