Whereas CUPRA’s two-door taking pictures brake EV DarkRebel is nothing greater than a digital idea certain for the Metaverse, it’s a signal that the marque and ABB FIA Method E World Championship workforce imply enterprise on the subject of EVs. Attributable to seem as a “bodily mannequin” shortly, the unconventional idea automobile’s on-line configurator offers customers the possibility to affect the ultimate design. By interacting in several digital environments and experimenting with colors, supplies and finishes, customers can push their creativity with out the constraints of the bodily world, creating variations of the automobile that might affect the subsequent step within the design part.
“After 5 years of constructing the model CUPRA in a these days world, it’s time to take into consideration the subsequent step. Our subsequent dream,” mentioned CUPRA CEO Wayne Griffiths on the launch in Berlin. “The CUPRA DarkRebel is the last word interpretation of our imaginative and prescient.”
Half Taking pictures-brake, half sports activities automobile, the DarkRebel’s lengthy bonnet and rearwards cab trace on the marque’s intentions to make its most sports-focused automobile but. With the ABT CUPRA Method E Staff already midway via its first season in Method E, the marque’s highway automobile division seems to be set to create an EV that may switch its all-electric racing DNA to the highway.
Given its radical styling – with its quick overhangs, big air scoops and sizable splitters – there are some similarities between the DarkRebel and the manufacturing Tavascar that launched alongside it. Look previous the intense aero and you will see CUPRA’s triple-triangle headlight signature rising out of the automobile’s steel physique, whereas the “central backbone” connecting the entrance and the rear is just like the characteristic operating via the Tavascan’s inside.
On the within, it is extra of the identical future-focused styling with a closely ‘gamified’ steering wheel, digital show and bucket seats dominating the cabin. Apart from that, there are minimal distractions within the cockpit except for ample quantities of ambient lighting and a small display up entrance for infotainment.
With no phrase on efficiency aside from its all-electric, identical to CUPRA’s Method E Gen3 automobile, the way forward for the DarkRebel remains to be beneath wraps. With followers capable of customise the automobile on-line, in CUPRA’s Metahype setting – the model’s tackle the Metaverse – the ultimate, bodily automobile shall be an amalgamation of what you see and CUPRA followers’ creativity.
Now with the ultimate half of the Method E season to get via, the ABT CUPRA Method E squad shall be focusing laborious to realize some much-needed factors earlier than the ultimate race in London on July 30. Solely 5 years on from its founding as a fully-fledged automobile firm, the Spanish model is making its mark as a performance-focused carmaker with ideas just like the DarkRebel main the best way. If CUPRA’s earlier ideas are something to go by, the design components proven within the digital DarkRebel might properly develop into a actuality. Till then, regulate the marque’s efforts on monitor because it battles with different world-leading producers to tell and push the efficiency envelope of its future highway automobiles.