The double DTM title winner and one-time World Rallycross champion has been the benchmark in Pure ETCR, taking his Cupra E-Racer to victory within the Spanish spherical at Aragon and being positioned within the prime three at each different occasion.
He’s additionally main Abt Cupra’s problem on the inaugural season of Excessive E.
Sharing the workforce’s Odyssey 21 with co-driver Jutta Kleinschmidt, the pair have certified within the prime three for the previous two rounds in Senegal and Greenland earlier than hitting points on the semi-final phases.
Pure ETCR and Excessive E occasions are staged in very completely different environments however, whereas the automobiles used within the two all-electric classes even have vital variations, there may be some crossover between their race codecs.
Each contain a mix of single-car timed laps and quick-fire preliminary races in opposition to two different opponents, earlier than a 5 or six-car last.
Mattias Ekstrom, Jutta Kleinschmidt, Abt Cupra, Excessive E
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With restricted seat time, drivers should be capable of adapt and push to the restrict as quickly as they bounce within the automotive.
Ekstrom mentioned: “The distinction between Excessive E and Pure ETCR is large.
“Pure ETCR has 530kW [710bhp] and rear-wheel drive on tarmac.
“Excessive E has, with Hyperdrive enhance, 400kW [535bhp], four-wheel drive and also you race in sand and rocky locations.
“In Pure ETCR we get some follow; in Excessive E it’s practically nothing.
“You need to exit and browse the character by foot, then have one follow run and try to maintain the hazards, but additionally the locations which look simple, so that is positively probably the most excessive problem you possibly can ask for.
“The races are comparable with the qualifying and the Battles and the semi-finals.
“They’re each numerous enjoyable, and the competitors is actually exhausting in each classes.
“One factor is for positive, each time I’m within the automotive, I’ve to provide the utmost.”
Mattias Ekstrom, Zengo Motorsport Cupra, Pure ETCR
Additional demonstrating his adaptability, Ekstrom is also returning to World Rallycross this weekend.
The 2016 champion will drive a Munnich Motorsport-prepared SEAT Ibiza within the Latvian double-header rounds to maintain himself sharp forward of the Pure ETCR finale in France subsequent month.
That takes place alongside the FIA World Touring Automotive Cup at Circuit Pau-Arnos on 15-17 October.