Electric GT Racing Series Opts For CHAdeMO Over Tesla Superchargers For Model S

10 months ago by Mark Kane 28

Electric GT, Tesla Model S P100D

Electric GT, Tesla Model S P100D

The Electric GT (EGT) Championship recently adjusted its plans for its upcoming racing series by switching from the P85 Model S to a more capable P100D.

MAGNUM CAP's CHAdeMO fast charger

MAGNUM CAP’s CHAdeMO fast charger

Another new development is the Series’ order of 20 CHAdeMO chargers (and 20 CHAdeMO-Tesla adapters) from Magnum Cap, its new official charging partner.

Specifically, EGT opted for 55 kW CHAdeMOs (one per car) instead of Tesla’s Superchargers (which are also available in “mobile” versions for events).

“There will be 20 CHAdeMO-standard fast charger DC units, which will provide around 55 kW/h of power to each EGT race-prepared Tesla Model S P100D for season one.

MAGNUM CAP currently has installed equipment in 17 countries and the partnership with EGT further enhances both as global icons for sustainability.”

MAGNUM CAP CEO José Henriques said:

“This partnership is very important to MAGNUM CAP as it is totally aligned with the company’s vision; to make the world a better place by having clean, efficient energy, which is renewable. The Electric GT Championship will accelerate the world’s transition to sustainability, in particular the adoption of renewable energy in transportation. As an EGT partner, MAGNUM CAP will prove their state of the art, fast-charging technologies at the highest level.“

Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell added:

“I’m very pleased to have MAGNUM CAP on board with us for season one. They have a lot of innovative ideas and experience, which I’m really looking forward to ahead of our inaugural campaign.

“Over the coming days we will also be announcing our electricity supplier. Everything’s beginning to fit in place, and now I’m just excited to get going later this year!”

Note 0 to 62 MPH Times Of 2.1 Seconds  - Image Via Electric GT Twitter

Note 0 to 62 MPH Times Of 2.1 Seconds – Image Via Electric GT Twitter

Electric GT Championship:

  • starts in 2017
  • worldwide championships – 7 events on famous tracks including the Nurburgring (Germany), Circuit Paul Ricard (France) and Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona (Spain), and three non-championship race events in the Americas
  • Tesla Model S P85 race cars
  • 10 teams with 20 drivers
  • Two races per event: Weekends will consist of a 20-minute practice session, 30-minute qualifying, a day race (60 km) and a dusk race (60 km)
  • Each round will be a weekend-long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability, in and around the circuits. Fans will be able to stream races via Periscope, Twitch and YouTube, as well as interact directly with the teams using social media platforms.

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28 responses to "Electric GT Racing Series Opts For CHAdeMO Over Tesla Superchargers For Model S"

  1. VazzedUp says:

    Odd, very odd.

  2. Trollnonymous says:

    Gotta be cost driven.

    1. Sublime says:

      Well sponsorship driven. Sounds like one of their partners makes CHAdeMO chargers.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Yeah. From the comments, it seems pretty clear the decision for choosing Magnum Cap fast-chargers over Tesla superchargers was driven by sponsorship, and not for any engineering reason.

    1. georgeS says:

      thx cmina. Very interesting!!

      1. cmina says:

        ‘Some tidbits about the Bolt battery pack as well:

    2. Jake Brake says:

      The math doesnt add up, this presentation has cells at 285 wh/kg but in the tear down they are only 3.45ah 18650s… different cells?

      1. Tesla battery specs

        8256 cells * (3400mah * 3.65v) = 102.5kWh (“100” kWh)
        7104 cells * (3400mah * 3.65v) = 88.1kWh (“90” car)
        7104 cells * (3100mah * 3.65v) = 80.4kWh (“85” car)
        6216 cells * (3400mah * 3.65v) = 77.1kWh (“75” car and software limited “70” and “60”)
        6216 cells * (3100mah * 3.65v) = 71.3kWh (“70” car)
        5040 cells * (3100mah * 3.65v) = 57.0kWh (“60” car and software limited “40”)

        The maximum charge rate for:

        Small battery 60-70-75 kWh cars (excludes early 60) – 354 volts max

        365 -370 amps at about 320 volts (17% SOC) = 116kW peak

        Big battery cars 85-90-100 kWh (exclude 90kW limited “A” packs) – 403 volts max

        330 – 335 amps at about 350 – 365 volts (Low% SOC) = 118kW peak

  3. DJ says:

    So they drive P85s or P100s??

    1. Filipe says:

      Initial plans included P85s, but recently they announced that were going to use modified P100s instead.

  4. Sublime says:

    Now if half of them were unmanned in autopilot mode, this would be very entertaining.

    1. floydboy says:

      Sue Tesla for loss of revenue, because Autopilot’s so good it prevents crashes, which makes the race boring and spectators don’t show up!

      Sue Tesla for crash injuries sustained by drivers making risky track moves, in a desperate attempt to beat the AI Autopilot cars that are winning all the races!

      Sounds like a ‘win-win’ to me!

  5. unlucky says:

    Who is that first quote attributable to? Did the CEO of a charger company write “deliver kW/h of power”?

    If so, he’s fired.

    1. JakeY says:

      That stuck out to me too. It’s even worse than writing kWh. It’s a double mistake.

      1. Sublime says:

        Obviously he meant kWh/h of power 🙂

        1. Filipe says:

          I see what you did there 😀

  6. I am very confident this is nothing more then either a cost saving measure or a sponsorship issue, because the weak link here is the Tesla provided CHAdeMO adapter.

    That adaptor is limited to 125 amps, which means that the maximum charge rate is going to be slightly under 50 kW.

    It won’t matter if they hook this up to a “350kW” or “400kW” CHAdeMO charger.

    1. John says:

      Perhaps they did it so that non-Tesla vehicles could charge at the race venues?

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Tony Williams said:

      “…the weak link here is the Tesla provided CHAdeMO adapter.

      “That adaptor is limited to 125 amps, which means that the maximum charge rate is going to be slightly under 50 kW.”

      Read the article again, Tony. It clearly states “…CHAdeMO-Tesla adapters… from Magnum Cap, its new official charging partner.”

      I suggest the Magnum Cap adapters will allow higher current than the official Tesla adapters.

      1. I will suggest that no such non-Tesla provided adapter exists. I would happily bet on it.

  7. Bladd says:

    Maybe they just want to keep their options open if they ditch Tesla in the future

    1. Filipe says:

      Or maybe introduce other vehicle classes 😉

  8. Tesla888 says:

    How are they getting around the car over heating?

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      They’ve increased the cooling. (Tripled, I think).

      Also, they’ll be driving stripped out cars so they won’t have to work as hard for given acceleration or speed.

  9. jim stack says:

    LIMITED CHOICE= Tesla-CHAdeMO Adapter Limited To 50 kW From A 100 kW Charger – video

    Bjørn Nyland explores a 100 kW multi-standard fast charger installed by Delta in Norway. After Hyundai IONIQ Electric tested on the machine (up to 70 kW through CCS Combo) it’s time for the Tesla Model Xto have a turn. As it turns out, the Model X (at around two-thirds of its

  10. Abegude Wanabe says:

    Good. A race series should adopt a universal standard instead of one company’s proprietary standard. Only the Tesla cult is disappointed.

  11. TomArt says:

    “As an EGT partner, MAGNUM CAP will prove their state of the art, fast-charging technologies at the highest level.“

    Uh-huh…riiight…superchargers are already pumping out more than twice 55kWh…maybe they have something in the pipeline…?