Tesla-Based Racing Series Gets FIA Approval

FEB 16 2018 BY MOTORSPORT.COM 7

Electric championship for production cars will start this year.

The Electric GT organisation has been given approval by international motorsport regulator the FIA for its new Tesla-based electric production car championship. The series is set to begin this year as the Electric Production Car Series.

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It will be a category for spec Teslas, with Electric GT developing a race-ready version known as a Model S P100D. The car passed its official FIA crash test last week, and has now been sanctioned by motorsport’s governing body ahead of its inaugural season.

The sporting regulations for the new championship have also been published by the organisers and reveal that race weekends will include a three-heat qualifying format and two 37-mile races during the daytime and the evening. Race power will be set to a maximum of 785bhp.

As well as accompanying eSports and electric kart championships, the series has also announced a ‘drift-off’ competition at ‘suitable circuits’. In this contest, the top-two finishing drivers and two fan-voted drivers will go head-to-head in a series of drifting challenges, with three extra championship points up for grabs.

Mark Gemmell, CEO of Electric GT, said: ‘This is such an exciting day for us as we confirm that the Electric Production Car Series has been officially sanctioned by the FIA. We respect the FIA and we are honoured to have its support ahead of our inaugural season. We are also pleased to officially publish the sporting regulations for the Electric Production Car Series.

‘We have put a lot of time into refining the regulations to allow for competitive and thrilling racing. With a three-heat qualifying system and two EPCS races, plus our eKarting and eSports rounds, fans will have a lot of racing action to get excited about.’

The new series joins the I-Pace eTrophy championship, which was announced by Jaguar at last year’s Frankfurt motor show and will support the Formula E championship beginning with the 2018/19 season.

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Tom S
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Tom S

I wonder how they’ll address the dismal heat rejection performance of the S in race applications. They can hardly do a lap currently without overheating and limiting power output.

floydboy
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floydboy

It does that to protect the longevity of the battery. Which of course they don’t need to worry about in a race car, meaning go ahead and crank it up, if she burns, she burns.

Caveats being, can they afford it, can they get access to additional parts and do they even have the wherewithal to fix them when they break.

Since this is not supported by the manufacturer and these fellas don’t seem to have made any substantive drivetrain changes needed for racing, I get the impression that these guys simply didn’t think this through, don’t have a firm grasp of what they’re doing and are NOT ready for prime time.

Hope I’m wrong, because these guys could do more harm than good.

EVShopper
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EVShopper

I don’t understand why Tesla is not full-in on this racing series. They could learn a lot from it.

Mister G
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Mister G

Tesla has more than enough to do: model 3 production, solar roof production, battery production, tesla semi, tesla pick-up truck, new roadster they have a lot BELIEVE ME CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

“It will be a category for spec Teslas, with Electric GT developing a race-ready version known as a Model S P100D.”

Obviously whoever wrote that doesn’t know much about Tesla’s cars. The Model S P100D is Tesla’s designation for the top-of-the-line trim level of its Model S; the “P” is for “Performance”. It’s not a designation made up by Electric GT.

It will be interesting to see what Electric GT can do to turn the Model S into a real race car. Too bad that Tesla does not seem to be involved. Perhaps when Tesla starts producing its Roadster Mk II, it will sponsor a racing team.

Steven
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Steven

“Race them on Sunday, sell them on Monday.”

ItsNotAboutTheMoney
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ItsNotAboutTheMoney

All talk. Nothing’s really happening.