Tesla Model S Will Officially Participate In FIA-Sanctioned Racing Series

JAN 21 2019 BY EVANNEX 9

TESLA MODEL S TO RACE IN FIA-SANCTIONED ELECTRIC PRODUCTION CAR SERIES

It might seem like a no-brainer that the world’s quickest production cars would be dominant competitors on the world’s racetracks. However, while Teslas have been distinguishing themselves in certain corners of the motorsports world – including street racing and autocross – they have yet to participate in any major racing series.

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Above: A look at the Electric GT’s Tesla Model S P100D which debuted at the Circuit de Barcelona / Catalunya (Image: Electric GT)

However, the dream of Tesla racing will soon be a reality. The Electric Production Car Series (originally called Electric GT), has been officially sanctioned by the FIA, the governing body for world motorsports. The EPCS will be the second FIA racing series for electric cars, joining the Formula E series, which recently kicked off its fifth season.

For the first season, all teams will use a race car based on the Tesla Model S P100D. However, the circuit is open to other makes of EVs, and it probably won’t be long before some of them join Tesla on the racetrack. (The current season of Formula E includes a separate series of races featuring the Jaguar I-Pace.)

Above: Testing at Pau Circuit over a year ago with the EGT Tesla P85. Pirelli wet tires. Asphalt temp 4C. Normal speed video. (Youtube: Electric GT Holdings)

The modified Model S, which was tested at a French track in January 2017, features a beefed-up powertrain with 580 kW (778 hp) of power and 734 lb-ft of torque, as well as improvements to aerodynamics, suspension, braking and cooling. The interior of the car has been completely removed, resulting in a weight reduction of roughly 1,100 pounds compared to the production Model S. Acceleration from 0-100 km is 2.1 seconds, and top speed is 250 km/h.

MAGNUM CAP will be the official provider of charging systems for the series. Each race will have 20 CHAdeMO-standard DC fast chargers, each providing around 55 kW of power.

Above: This Model S is pure adrenaline (Image: Electric GT)

The inaugural season of the EPCS is expected to being late this year or early in 2020, with races in the UK, France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and a couple of other locations yet to be announced.

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Written by: Charles Morris; This article originally appeared in Charged; Source: Electric GT via Green Car Reports

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From article: “”…The modified [Tesla] Model S, which was tested at a French track in January 2017, features a beefed-up powertrain with 580 kW (778 hp) of power and 734 lb-ft of torque, as well as improvements to aerodynamics, suspension, braking and cooling….”
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Would be great if Tesla incorporated some of these upgrades to the production Model S P100D especially the braking & cooling upgrade which should be the easiest for Teslsa to add.

From article: “…Acceleration from 0-100 km is 2.1 seconds, and top speed is 250 km/h….”
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Wow… that’s very near Plaid territory! …within 0.20sec.

Not bad for an upgraded large family sedan.

This is a neverending story.
I really doubt that the P100D will even be available when they finally start the series.

“20 CHAdeMO-standard DC fast chargers, each providing around 55 kW of power.”
Whoa. I imagine the pit stops involve long naps with fire blankets at those charging speeds. If they are doing this with a Model S, why not allow a battery swap? I think that would be most entertaining, even if it didn’t catch on in consumer practice. I realize these are optimized battery systems, so that may be improbable. Doing the race on a single charge is distance-limiting.

I hope Lemans adds an electric series which only allows charging the cars, and you can choose how big the battery is. This would push the big bucks manufacturers and racing teams to improve charging speeds and power density

Each race will have 20 CHAdeMO-standard DC fast chargers, each providing around 55 kW of power.
Well that means that the likes of the Taycan and I-Pace won’t be taking part. They need CCS Chargers.

[Enter conspiracy theory here] 🙂 🙂

Plus I hope that they have done something about the battery cooling. That has been a well documented problem with the Model S in the past when taken to the race track.
That is one thing that should make it into the production car at the very least if it hasn’t been done already.

Tesla S remade for racing with complete rebuilt body in glass fiber and it still over heats after 5 km.

https://youtu.be/2nkqMZBR-ak?t=383

Despite the claim in the video description from Electric GT Holdings, the video is definitely sped up, at least in the final 2 seconds. Comes off as amateurish.

There is something about Model S….