A new Electric GT racing series has been announced that is dedicated to production-based electric cars. The racing series will pit the Tesla Model S with other leading electric car models on race tracks around the globe. The maiden race for the new series could take place as early as 2017.
Following the launch of Formula E, the other global electric car racing series, Electric GT Holdings is now backing the world's first electric GT racing series. Unlike Formula E, which has been called out for shorter racing periods and speed restrictions, the Electric GT World Series will stay true to the GT (Gran Tourer) traditions.
The Electric GT World Series will feature 10 teams, all of whom will be using the Tesla Model S P85+ as their base model during the first season of the series, which is slated to begin in 2017, the Transport Evolved reported. Agustin Payá, technical director for Electric GT Holdings said, "We chose the Tesla Model S simply because it is one of the best cars ever made, and certainly one of the best 100% electric cars. We are convinced that sharing its impressive circuit racing potential will help to inspire many people about sustainable transport."
Paya, who incidentally is an engineer and has also been a professional race car driver, said that only minor modifications will be made to the cars. Any modifications made will involve boosting the speed and performance of the car, hence the aerodynamics and braking systems will undergo some alterations. He added, "We will strengthen suspension, braking cooling and steering as well as reducing overall weight."
The Electric GT World Series' maiden race is slated to take place in Europe, after which the race series will travel to other continents, including North America and Asia. However, keeping to GT traditions and unlike Formula E, the Electric GT series will see cars racing on premier global racing circuits. Electric GT Holdings is still in negotiation with leading racing circuits and will announce both venue and dates later in the year.