The Electric GT Championship has completed three days of tyre testing, racking up 520 kilometres of running.
Testing took place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Circuit Paul Ricard, where three drivers took a closer look at the Pirelli P Zero tyres on on how they would behave with different pressures and how they reacted to the amount of torque that the Tesla produces.
They also gave a chance to run the car with numerous mandatory components, including: OMP safety equipment, roll cage, new cooling system, carbon-fibre adjustable spoiler and panels, and full carbon splitter added.
“I am very pleased with the behaviour of the P Zero tyres in these early stages of development,” Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell said. “After analysing the data, it supported the race simulations that we had predicted prior to these tests. We also were able to run some regulation parts that have been fitted and we are happy with the performance this has brought.”
Pirelli test driver Guillaume Meura and EGT’s Agustin Payá shared duties behind the wheel during the first test day in Spain. Former F1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen joined them 10 days later at Paul Ricard and was impressed with the performance and reliability of the car and tyres. Meura and Payá also drove as 87km were completed on a single battery, more than the 60 km a race will last.
“Everyone has been impressed by the early performance of the Tesla Model S,” Electric GT Championship Technical & Sports Director Agustin Payá said. “I completed 37 laps in the car and it felt excellent out on track. We encountered no issues throughout the three days and the reliability is very impressive. The tyre degradation was exactly as we expected it to be and now we are looking forward to some more testing at the end of November.”
The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers racing identical Tesla Model S machines. The championship plans to visit seven European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Zandvoort, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.