Electric GT Unveils Race-Ready Tesla Model S

SEP 25 2016 BY MARK KANE 9

September 27th marks the start of a new racing series – the Electric GT Championship.

Electric GT Championship - Tesla Model S

Electric GT Championship – Tesla Model S

The Electric GT World series, announced earlier this year, will use rear-wheel drive Tesla Model S sedans and now we finally can see how it looks.

The P85 models were modified for racing (brakes, suspension wheels, slimming, aerodynamics, painting, etc.), but without touching the electric powertrain and batteries.

“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 the overall weight. The rest, powertrain, battery, programming, everything is original.”

Electric GT will start in 2017 with 7 events, 10 teams and 20 drivers.

Here is way too many short teaser videos from the garage:

More about the series here.

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I don’t get how a Tesla S makes any sort of sense as a basis for race car.
Sure, drivetrain may be excellent (assuming cooling is seriously beefed up, and maybe active motor cooling in addition to battery cooling), but it’s a really heavy & big car.

The body/chassis intended for 5 adults (+2 kids) is overkill for a driver-only racecar. Unlikely that it can corner anywhere near as well as a smaller car weighing 20-30% less.

It’s also not like one can buy the drivetrains from Tesla, or easily repurpose salvaged ones, so I don’t see a cost-effectiveness argument either.

BINGO

Big 4 door 5 passenger saloons don’t belong on the track, eh?

Boy, you better tell BMW how stupid they are with 30+ years of BMW M5’s, including their legendary BMW ‘Ring Taxi:

http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/fan-area/driving-experience/bmw-ring-taxi.html

wavelet said:

“I don’t get how a Tesla S makes any sort of sense as a basis for race car.

“Sure, drivetrain may be excellent (assuming cooling is seriously beefed up, and maybe active motor cooling in addition to battery cooling), but it’s a really heavy & big car.”

You certainly have a point. On the other hand, what production BEV would be better to use for modification into a race car? A Tesla Roadster is clearly better in terms of overall design, but the powertrain isn’t as advanced.

One advantage of a larger car is that there is more room to put in something like a bigger and more powerful cooling systems.

They just had a lightning lap magazine test. The Tesla started pulling power. Out of around 8 columns of cars listed, the Tesla was on the 7th one, or almost the last place column.

That’s why they’ll be reducing weight and beefing up cooling for this series.

Yeah I read the article as well. They found that the P85D they tested had very poor brake performance and went into reduced power mode due to overheating of components 40 seconds into the lap. It completed the lap in 3:17:4, the same time as a Jeep Grand Cherokee and about 43 seconds slower than the fastest time posted by a Dodge Viper.

It seems to me the brakes and propulsion system would have to go through major modifications for the Model S to become a real race car, or at least for racing on a road circuit and not the 1/4 mile dragstrip.

This is just weird. Model S is as suitable for racing as a Mustang. Which is to say it isn’t. At all.

WAH??? I… can’t… even… Do you even Google?

Just gander at how well the Mustang has done in just the last MONTH in the premier road racing series in North America:
http://performance.ford.com/series/road-racing/news/articles.html

I’m the opposite of a Mustang fan-boy, but just had to set the record straight.