It is common for car brands to sponsor large football clubs and give their vehicles to players for use. Audi did it for many years with the FC. Barcelona and Real Madrid; Thus, the athletes of the two reference teams of the Spanish League could be seen behind the wheel of the models with the emblem of the four rings. After the end of two contracts (first that of the Barça club and then that of the white team) with the German firm, other automobile brands took over. In the case of Real Madrid it has been BMW, which has already delivered the cars to the first team squad for this season, and in the case of Barça the current agreement is with Cupra, which also sponsors the women's soccer team.
In fact, he has just delivered the cars to the players at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, where they train. The athletes have been able to choose between two models: the Born, the brand's first fully electric car, or the powerful limited edition Formentor VZ5 BAT. While players like María León, Irene Paredes, Marta Torrejón and Ona Batlle chose the zero-emission urban compact; Aitana Bonmatí, Alexia Putellas, Claudia Pina, Sandra Paños and Bruna Vilamala, among others, opted for the high-performance SUV.
The Cupra Formentor VZ5 BAT, of which only 500 units have been manufactured, is powered by a 2.5 five-cylinder engine that develops 390 HP (287 kW) and 480 Nm of torque. With a top speed of 250 km/h, it is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. In addition, it has a specific driving mode designed for use on the circuit. Cupra calls it “Drift” and it allows the rear of the car to slide when accelerating, as the system sends torque to the outside rear wheel of the corner. This mode is added to Comfort, Sport, CUPRA, Individual and Offroad.
This limited edition is distinguished by incorporating specific sports elements both inside and outside. Black is very present in details such as the longitudinal bars of the roof, the grill (with a glossy finish), the wheels or the exhaust outlets.
For its part, the Born is an electric car that hit the market a couple of years ago and is currently sold in several versions. Optionally, you can mount the e-Boost pack, which allows you to increase the 204 HP of the normal model to 231 HP, and the Battery Pack, which increases the battery capacity from 58 kWh to 77 kWh. The maximum approved autonomy reaches 550 kilometers; However, as happens in all cars, the real one is always lower.
Cupra has indicated that he wants to inspire the world from Barcelona, supporting the city's talent. “The FC Barcelona women's team represents a future generation increasingly aware of its role as an engine of change to make a better world. Cupra's support symbolizes the shared commitment to the values of promoting change and inspiring new generations," they explain from the company, born in the Catalan capital.
Its connection with Barcelona is so important that it has even named two of its models after the most popular neighborhoods: the aforementioned Born and Raval. The latter is an electric city car, inspired by the Urbanrebel prototype and which will be manufactured at the Seat plant in Martorell starting in 2025.