Amidst the global cry to reduce pollution from vehicles, the motorsports industry seems to be on the firing line. Many are debating that the fast paces adrenaline infusing form of sports uses conventional fuel, which burns at a high rate, leaving no scope for pollution reduction. The Formula E series was one step forward to match the global requirements.
And now, the world is ready with its first zero emissions GT championship, which is slated to debut in 2017. The promoter of the Electric GT World Series has confirmed that the championship will feature 10 teams racing in a seven-race season with races planned in Europe, America, and Asia. Infact, Barcelona, Donington, Mugello, and Estoril are already confirmed as race venues.
The first 100 per cent zero emissions GT championship will use the famous Tesla Model S P85+ as the technical base. The electric supercar is capable of doing 0-100kmph in just 3.2 seconds in standard trim. The racing version on the other hand, will have better suspension and brakes, improved cooling, and reduced kerb weight.
“We chose the Tesla model S simply because it is one of the best cars ever made, and certainly one of the best 100 per cent electric cars,” said Agustín Payá, Technical Director for Electric GT Holdings, owner and promoter of the championship. “We are convinced that sharing its impressive circuit racing potential will help to inspire many people towards sustainable transport."
“Although it is a luxurious super tourer it seems to be made for racing. Its weight distribution and astonishing low centre of gravity, despite its considerable mass – more than two tons unmodified – allows unbelievable cornering speed, not forgetting its unending torque, which all add up to a great racing car," adds Payá.
Speaking about the technical details, Payá says, “the 10 teams and 20 cars that race in the first reason will race identical cars, similar to the street version. With 416 horsepower and 601 Nm of torque, there is no need to add anything to the motor. We have been testing the car already on the Barcelona Catalunya F1 Circuit as well as the legendary Madrid Jarama circuit, both of which are being used as test and operations centres."
But it's not like the Electric GT is restricted only to the Tesla cars as Payá says other makes will be welcome in the future - “We chose the Tesla Model S as it is a fantastic 100 per cent electric high performance vehicle in mass production for the world market, but we encourage and welcome every car maker to join the Electric GT World Series.” He adds, “It will be fantastic to see other electric supercar manufacturers join the Electric GT World Series”.
The organizers are confident that the Electric GT World Series won’t just be racing, but a ‘festival of technology and innovation’. “It all started with our desire to accelerate the change to sustainable mobility that will allow us to finally end the fossil fuel age,” said Mark Gemmell, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Electric GT.
We certainly welcome this move and hope for electric motorsports series to start in the near future. But the sound and the thrill of F1 and regular GT series is something we can't lose!