Building on the relative success of the Formula E, a long-time rumoured electric GT race circuit has been confirmed this week via Transport Evolved. Electric GT World Series is said to be the world’s first all-electric GT championship and it will launch its first race season next year with 10 teams all racing with their own Tesla Model S P85+.
The new championship shared a few details about the new GT race circuit.
Technical Director for Electric GT Holdings Agustin Payá explained why the organisation chose the Model S:
“It is the best zero emissions car on the road capable of racing on world class circuits in the GT category. In its production version it accelerates faster and provides better lap times than many combustion GT cars. We chose the Tesla Model S simply because it is one of the best cars ever made, and certainly one of the best 100% electric cars. We are convinced that sharing its impressive circuit racing potential will help to inspire many people about sustainable transport.”
Though it’s not entirely clear why they chose the P85+ version, which has been discontinued for a while now with several higher performance versions including the P85D, P85DL, P90D and P90DL, and by the time the first season starts next year, it is likely Tesla will even offer a new P100D-P100DL, which would probably make 6 higher-end stock versions available over the one for GT racing.
Payá gave an explanation to Transport Evolved:
“It’s all down to the car’s suitability for racing, says Payá. Rear-wheel drive cars have traditionally been preferred for track racing for many reasons ranging from driver preference through to better cornering characteristics and weight distribution. In the case of the rear-wheel versus all-wheel drive, there’s a whole lot less complexity to deal with when it comes to quick repairs and maintenance.”
They plan to make only small changes to the production car:
“For this we count on one of the best world-class race preparation teams. We are making only small changes to the production Model S P85+ such as improved braking and aerodynamics to increase high speed grip. We will strengthen suspension, braking cooling and steering as well as reducing overall weight. The rest — powertrain, battery, programming — everything is original.”
The car is already been tested in Spain:
“We have been testing the car already on the Barcelona Catalunya F1 Circuit as well as the legendary Madrid Jarama circuit, both of which are being used as test and operations centers. The car’s handling is sensational. No-one could imagine that the production version of this 100% electric car would be capable of handling the circuit so well and go so fast and so far.”
Electric GT Holdings claims to have secured the support of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) though is not yet officially recognized by the organisation. The championship is reportedly negotiating dates for races at “Barcelona-Catalunya, Donnington Park, Mugello, Nürburgring, Assen, Estoril and Madrid Jarama”, and it plans to announce the official race calendar later this year. Though they only plan to use the Model S during the first year, the organization says that more models could join in the future.