Watch Tiff Needell Drive Electric GT Tesla P100D

JUL 4 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 13

From Top Gear and Fifth Gear, to driving the world’s fastest Tesla.

Timothy “Tiff” Needell is a British racing driver and television presenter most known for his work as a co-presenter of two of the most popular car shows of the last decade; Top Gear and of Fifth Gear.

For this video, Tiff goes green, giving an Electric GT Tesla P100D a proper bashing on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The vehicle in question is a race-prepped Tesla Model S. Just 20 of these high-performance machines will debut this year in the Electric Production Car Series (EPCS) – the first all-electric, zero-emissions race series. In its inaugural season, drivers will compete in identical race-prepared Tesla Model S P100D, possibly giving us one of the most thrilling eco-friendly, bumper to bumper racing on some of the world’s most renowned circuits.

The performance figures behind this race-prepped  Tesla Model S are just mind-numbing. The racecar is able to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 2.1 seconds, three-tenths quicker than the production version. Pirelli actually had to re-engineer their P ZERO slicks to handle the overwhelming power, exerted by the 778 bhp (585 kW) and 995 Nm torque produced by the race car. Additionally, the Electric GT Tesla P100D features a monstrous 100 kWh Lithium-ion battery, currently the largest one in motorsport, allowing it to cover approximately 90 km on a single charge, all at racing speed.

“The standard drivetrain is in a 25% lighter car, so the stresses are actually less than it has been designed for in the production vehicle,” Gemmell said. “This also makes the championship more valuable for Tesla road customers, as our racing cars are closer to what they drive, so you’re essentially seeing a production vehicle on circiuit.” – Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell

The vehicle utilizes CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) parts to achieve a weight 1102 (500kg) less than the production car, all the while improving the car’s downforce and its aerodynamic profile. The race car utilizes a front splitter and a rear wing, giving the Electric GT Holding’s EPCS race car has improved grip through the corners. Furthermore, the vehicle is equipped with double steel wishbone pushrod operated suspension, joined by a dual circuit, single pedal hydraulic race brakes that further improve cornering speeds.

The video below will give you a taste of speed these cars achieve. Press play below and see Tiff Needel get behind the wheel for a short drive around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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A fully electric Tesla Model S P85+ with 416 HP and 600 Nm of Torch is seen in the race version for the new Electric GT World Series during the unvieling event in Ibiza, Spain on September 27, 2016. The organisers of this zero-emission-series announced seven stops in Europe and three in North and South America for 2017 with ten teams and twenty drivers. A fully electric Tesla Model S P85+ with 416 HP and 600 Nm of Torch is seen in the race version for the new Electric GT World Series during the unvieling event in Ibiza, Spain on September 27, 2016. The organisers of this zero-emission-series announced seven stops in Europe and three in North and South America for 2017 with ten teams and twenty drivers. A fully electric Tesla Model S P85+ with 416 HP and 600 Nm of Torch is seen in the race version for the new Electric GT World Series during the unvieling event in Ibiza, Spain on September 27, 2016. The organisers of this zero-emission-series announced seven stops in Europe and three in North and South America for 2017 with ten teams and twenty drivers. A fully electric Tesla Model S P85+ with 416 HP and 600 Nm of Torch is seen in the race version for the new Electric GT World Series during the unvieling event in Ibiza, Spain on September 27, 2016. The organisers of this zero-emission-series announced seven stops in Europe and three in North and South America for 2017 with ten teams and twenty drivers. The inside of the fully electric Tesla Model S P85+ with 416 HP and 600 Nm of Torch is seen in the race version with 4 for the new Electric GT World Series during the unvieling event in Ibiza/ Spain on September 27, 2016. The organisers of this zero-emission-series announced seven stops in Europe and three in North and South America for 2017 with ten teams and twenty drivers.

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13 Comments on "Watch Tiff Needell Drive Electric GT Tesla P100D"

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G2

That was underwhelming.

DL

Why the heck let the media drive a car that overheats after less than 2 pretty tame laps. That’s not the way to sell electric racing

Gazz

That’s what Tesla did by giving Jeremy Clarkson two Roadsters to test on the Top Gear test track.

Buklulu

These crackers have a Nurburgring laptime yet?

Patrick

If it‘s still overheating on a short circuit it won‘t be able to to complete the Nürnburgring yet.

Terawatt

Over one kWh per kilometre! That’s a Wh per meter… let’s hope they’re not charging on coal power 😂

philip d

Still better than an ICE racer in efficiency.

Another Euro point of view

This team should do same work on the coming dual motor Tesla Model 3 as I understand that Model 3 motors are of a different type (permanent magnet) less prone to overheating. I am a bit surprised they did all that preparation work on a car which drive train is not designed for this (and apparently not successfully addressing the overheating issue according to this video).

mzs112000

Why not modify the battery cooling loop, to run tbe cooling fluid through a radiator thats placed in an ice-water tank sitting inside the car. Such a setup would add about 75lb’s of weight to the car.

JasonB

That is exactly what Jaguar did with i-Pace, Audi with e-Tron and Porsche with Taycan. The video explains clearly why they did it!

Pushmi-Pullyu

All that prep work was apparently a pointless waste of time and money.

They would have done much better by using a stock Model S, and merely doing what we’ve seen done from photos of a Model S getting ready for the Pike’s Peak race: Stuff bags of ice under the car to cool down the battery pack before the start of the race.

Or, you know… they could just run the car at a few MPH less than top speed. But I suppose that would be too obvious!

ffbj

I think what is most important is how this demonstrates the infiltration of the ev into the cultural space of auto racing.
As evs become more ubiquitous, your casual person will become more interested.
Studies have show that people are basically lazy, physically, mentally, etc… It’s hard to learn new things, question you ideas etc.. but there is also the herd mentality, so when enough people get In the know, concerning evs,, they’ll tell two friends, etc…

Critics of the ev constantly question pace, ferocity, and the spread of evs .
Why they are only 1% of cars, (now it’s around 2%).
Of course there are many other memes they use.
They catch on fire, you can’t charge them, autopilot kills people, they’re expensive.
Short, simple, wrong, but easy to digest and regurgitate, if you ask someone if the know about an ev’s.
Maybe we could hand out pamphlets in front of legacy auto-dealers The Truth About EV’s.
I would do that, but I’m too lazy.

dathomir

Tiff is the man, my favorite of his reviews was from Fifth Gear where he compares Ferrari Enzo vs McLaren F1.