Fans of electric racing have long wished for a chance to see what Tesla’s Model S can do on the track. In a few short months, they will get that chance, when the Electric GT (EGT) Championship kicks off with a double-header at Circuit Paul Ricard in France on November 25-26.
The inaugural season is scheduled to continue with races in Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain (dates and other details are yet to be announced). Each round will be a one-day event consisting of two races, with the grids decided during a 60-minute qualifying session.
In contrast to Formula E, EGT will use classic racetracks and existing infrastructure.
The race car is based on the Model S P100DL. Some 500 kg (1,100 lbs) of weight has been removed, and downforce has been increased by the addition of a front splitter and a rear wing. Double steel wishbone pushrod operated suspension and dual circuit, single pedal hydraulic race brakes have also been added. The racer can reach 100 km/h in 2.1 seconds, three-tenths quicker than the production car.
“We are very happy that Paul Ricard will host the first two EGT events in November,” said Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell. “They have demonstrated a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the championship and it will be a fantastic festival for sustainability that fans are certain to enjoy.”