Earlier this year, Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmel tentatively announced some dates and circuits for the launch of his all-Tesla racing championship with a start at Silverstone in August.
We will finally have to wait a little longer to see their stripped-down racetrack-ready Tesla Model S P100D accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.0 seconds since the launch of the championship has slipped to November 25 at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.
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When he revealed the first dates and circuits in an interview in February, Gemmel made a point to say that it wasn’t concrete, but now they sent out an official press release so it would look bad if the date slips again.
“We are very happy that Paul Ricard will host the first two Electric Grand Prix events in November. They have demonstrated a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the championship and it will be a fantastic festival for sustainability that fans are certain to enjoy. We are working on the official dates for the rest of the campaign and are confident of getting these finalised over the coming months.”
They are presenting the event as a “weekend long festival celebrating technology, sustainability, and innovation and marks the beginning of ‘The Age of Light’”.
The actual races will consist of a 20-minute practice session, a 60-minute qualifying heat, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km).
The updated calendar features roughly a race per month all around Europe with so far only the race in France confirmed:
- November 25-26 – France, Paul Ricard (Rounds 1 & 2)
- January – TBA
- March – Portugal
- April – Italy
- May – Germany
- June – Belgium
- July – The Netherlands
- September – UK
- October – Spain
Of course, what we are all most excited to see is the championship’s stripped-down racetrack-ready Tesla Model S P100D, which they claim can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.0 seconds (0 to 100 km/h in 2.1 seconds). They say that they reduced the weight by 1,100 lbs with biocomposite and claim to have been working on cooling issues related to pushing a Tesla to its limits for extended periods of time.
The championship managed to attract several professional drivers to drive the Model S P100Ds for its first season, including longtime Tesla owners and sustainability activist Leilani Münter.