Electric GT Championship made an appearance at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham with CEO Mark Gemmell on stage and the race ready Tesla Model S in the Live Action Arena.
Gemmell explained on stage that the championship is progressing well and that the first race must take place this August.
“The intention is that the first race will be mid-August. We are planning to start in the north of Europe and then we go down south. For weather reasons. The calendar of seven races will end around late November,” he revealed.
“The circuits that we can absolutely confirm are Barcelona, which is a fantastic place, then there is Paul Ricard and Nürburgring.”
Reflecting on the past year, Gemmell said that the fundamentals are coming together. “It takes a lot to put a championship together, but we were able to build the car and to prove that it is a valid sporting platform. And also, we received a lot of interest from the top circuits that are available,” he claimed.
“Fundamentally the key bases are where you are going to race and getting teams and drivers excited about the activity. Our job is that electric vehicles are a credible type of transport and that it represents a great future. These fundamentals are coming together.”
China and America
Gemmell already announced that a couple of non-championship races should take place in America. On stage he revealed that China is on the cards too. “The opportunity has risen to very quickly deploy in China,” he said.
“As we all know the Chinese are pushing very hard to get to cleaner transport, as they are suffering from the consequences of combustion vehicles, and as such there has been a lot of encouragement to launch the championship there.
“So, I’m pleased to announce we have started negotiations with Goldenport, the organisers of China GT. They have shown great enthusiasm to bring Electric GT to the Chinese race circuits. We also like to do a similar agreement with an American promotor.”
A first in the arena
It was the first time that an electric vehicle hit Autosport’s live performance arena. One of the drivers was Olivier Lombard, a French Le Mans prototype racer. “Driving the EGT Model S was a lot of fun and it’s awesome to see what the future of GT racing looks like,” said Lombard, who is one of the latest drivers announced as being part of the EGT drivers’ club.
“The full power is there as soon as you demand it, that’s really nice. And the chassis, with the battery low on the floor, you’ve got a very good behaviour with the chassis, a good balance. I haven’t done much laps with the car yet, but those I did gave me a really good feeling.”
— Electric GT (@EGTChampionship) January 14, 2017