In pictures: The Cupra Born’s low-friction tests


The critical final development phase of the Born in -30°C conditions ensures optimised performance and handling for Cupra’s first pure electric car. Here’s what the engineering team has been busy doing for two years…

Cupra engineers have spent two years testing Born on a 6km2 frozen lake test circuit located a few miles from the Arctic Circle where temperatures often dip to -30°C

You can see a video of the Born in action HERE

The Cupra Born being put to the test on test tracks that combine ice and asphalt surfaces in different ways, giving a variety of grip conditions in a compact area. Cupra engineers have been recreating the most challenging conditions and sensors on all four wheels analysing each type of terrain to find the balance that provides the most stable braking

The Cupra development team has put the Born through 1,000 extreme tests, to evaluate the EV’s technology, performance, dynamism, braking precision and comfort in severe climates

The Cupra Born development team has been hard at work in Arctic conditions for two years – but it has provided some moments of fun

Proving the Cupra Born’s safety on low-friction surfaces is critical for several markets

A little downtime for the Born – and Cupra’s test drivers – to recharge their batteries

The team could also find out the effects of cold temperatures on charging times

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