With the news of a faster Tesla Model S and adding more names to the championship’s drivers’ club, Electric GT Championship is hunting down its next milestone. Not long before the first calendar will be revealed, meaning that the first race isn’t far away.
In December CEO Mark Gemmell announced that the championship, which is likely to become world’s the first electric GT series, will use twenty equal Tesla Model S P100D machines which is an upgrade compared to the P85+. Testing is already underway where the technical team made further improvements to the car’s characteristics to make it suitable for track racing.
“I am very excited to be using the Tesla Model S P100D as it is incredibly quick and innovative,” said Gemmell. “We opened the subscription period for teams and the new car announcement is an exciting prospect for those who want to join us.”
Twenty drivers must compete in the championship that is likely to announce its calendar during the Autosport International Show in Birmingham in January. It probably features seven European circuits like Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen, Estoril and the Nürburgring. Later, three non-championship events must take place in the Americas.
So far no teams or drivers are confirmed, but to feature the series’ interest, the organisers launched a drivers’ club. It’s a similar principle the FIA Formula E Championship created leading up to the first official announcements.
The EGT Drivers’ Club now contains ten racers; Jeroen Bleekemolen, Kevin Ceccon, Dani Clos, Tom Coronel, Leilani Munter, Tom Onslow-Cole, Vicky Piria, Alice Powell, Ricardo Teixeira and Stefan Wilson.
In recent months, some of the drivers were given the opportunity to test the electric vehicles, among them former Formula 1 racers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karun Chandhok.
“I was happy to take Electric GT’s invitation and to come and drive. As a racing driver you are always curious to test new and different machines and driving a race-prepared Tesla was clearly something I was keen to try,” Chandhok said.
“The car handles remarkably well and is very balanced despite being in the early stages of development. I’d be interested to see what it’s like when they get the P100-based version 2.0 up and running next year, as that should have a lot more power.”
Once underway, the race format will consist of a 20-minute practice session, 60-minute qualifying, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km).