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Company March 2024

The future of racing cars is 100% electric

Car racing is gearing up for the future and takes a more climate-friendly approach. As the first junior cup for electric touring cars, the NXT Gen Cup offers talented youngsters a strong platform with prospects, and SCHUNK is an official partner now.

SCHUNK accompagnies the transition to electromobility SCHUNK accompagnies the transition to electromobility on the racetrack, too. The all-electric SCHUNK-Mini will be competing in the NXT Gen Cup this year.
Image: Martin Öberg / Image rights: NXT Gen Cup

The automotive industry is undergoing its biggest transformation yet. This has also an impact on the future of car racing. The NXT Gen Cup is a new European racing series for all-electric cars that has emerged from the idea within two years. The DTM and Formula E will be the platform for the new competition at six races this year. SCHUNK accompanies this ambitious endeavor as an official sponsor and partner, and in order to reaffirm its commitment in shaping the transition to electromobility and to inspire young people for the new technology. “The partnership with SCHUNK perfectly fits to our mission of bringing young talents forward in the world of motorsports but also to advance electromobility. We look forward to embarking on this journey together,” said Fredrik Lestrup, NXT Gen Cups co-founder.

SCHUNK is part of the NXT Gen Cup family SCHUNK is part of the NXT Gen Cup family and will also support the young drivers with valuable knowledge.
Image: Martin Öberg / Image rights: NXT Gen Cup

Comprehensive training for a professional career

The competition was created by the racing pioneers in the Lestrup Racing Team, to offer young racing drivers a perspective and help them to advance in the world of electric motorsport. Because being part of this racing career platform means more than just racing. Female and male young drivers receive a comprehensive training program that allows them to develop their skills in the areas of sponsorship, business administration, public and media relations, as well as social media in addition to the racetrack. True to the motto “Arrive and Drive,“ the young drivers are supported and encouraged in all areas. A pioneering spirit can be felt here, which has also characterized SCHUNK from the very beginning. As an official partner of the NXT Gen Cups, SCHUNK wants to promote this young talent initiative and to support the young talents with valuable knowledge. “We are proud to support this young electric racing generation and we want to contribute to their healthy future,“ explains Kristina I. Schunk, CEO of SCHUNK SE & Co. KG, the reasons for the partnership.

More about the NXT Gen Cup:

The NXT Gen Cup is the world’s first all-electric junior touring car cup. It was created by Fredrik Lestrup and the Lestrup Racing Team. Young drivers drive the LRT NXT1, an all-electric racing car based on the chassis of the MINI Cooper SE which was converted for racing. The Cup will join the DTM and Formula E for six races in 2024 and will visit Germany three times in total. The opening race weekend will take place on April 13 and 14, 2024 in Misano, Italy, followed by Monaco, Berlin, Norisring, London and Hockenheim.