First look at Electric GT’s Tesla Model S race car testing on a track.
The highly anticipated Electric GT (EGT) racing series is set to kick off its inaugural season early next year and now we have a first look at its race-tuned Tesla Model S P85+ testing on a track.
Until now, little was known about the specifics behind EGT’s track prepared rear wheel drive P85+, but a new video published by the championship attempts to draw attention to some of the modifications made to the vehicle. In all fairness, most of what’s highlighted in the video are standard trim components from Tesla, but it’s nonetheless remarkable to see how the EFT was able to transform a two-ton family sedan into a race car ready to take on the world’s top circuits.
At a glance we can see that the EGT has outfitted the Model S P85+ vehicle with a stunning wide body aero kit and enormous GT spoiler for increased downforce. New suspension modifications in the form of a coil spring set up with dual dampers, and upgraded braking system, ensures cornering performance can be mechanically tuned and tailored to various track layouts. Pirelli slicks for both dry and wet conditions ensure that power from the vehicle’s 416 horsepower electric motor is transferred to the ground.
Other notables of the EGT Model S race car:
Carbon fiber door panels and trunk lid: notice the door handles are always out because there’s no mechanical assembly behind it. It’s just a lightweight door skin.
Carbon fiber front lip spoiler: increases front end downforce to enhance rapid braking and cornering.
Roll bar: primarily for safety but also stiffens the vehicle’s chassis to minimize chassis flex and improve hard cornering performance.
Fire extinguishing system
The Electric GT championship aims to bring exposure to sustainable mobility and highlight the growing trend in all-electric racing through competition across some of the world’s most famous raceing circuits – Nürburgring, Barcelona Circuit and Donington Park in the UK.
If you’re interested in learning more about racing a Tesla, check out our experiences with racing the Teslarati 48 across famed California circuits (i.e. Laguna Seca) and beyond.
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Electric GT’s Tesla Model S race car crashed during testing.
Electric GT is getting ready for the inaugural race of its all-electric and all-Tesla championship later this year. Last week, they made their headquarters at the Circuit Pau-Arnos in France and started testing their stripped down Tesla Model S on the track.
Unfortunately, their effort was cut short when they crashed the vehicle.
The racing series says that it is developing a stripped-down racetrack-ready Tesla Model S P100D that can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.0 seconds, but the only track-ready vehicle they have now is the original Model S P85 that they modified before Tesla released the P100D.
They are testing the P85, which they call ‘the EGT V1.4 Tesla Model S P85’, and developing the P100D at their new HQ. Electric GT Championship CEO, Mark Gemmell, said last week:
“For Electric GT, the Circuit Pau-Arnos is the best possible location to bring along our future partners, teams, drivers and VIP guests. The headquarters is immersed in the beautiful French countryside, which reminds us that with the right technology we can not only take care of our planet, but have fun too.”
A day after the announcement, they posted a picture of the aftermath of their first tests to their Twitter account:
It looks like they will have to accelerate the development of their stripped-down P100Ds.
They still have some challenges to overcome before they can start the championship, especially having to do with cooling issues related to pushing a Tesla to its limits for extended periods of time. For the P100D prototypes, they say that they reduced the weight by 1,100 lbs with biocomposite panels and, of course, by stripping down the interior.
It should reduce the stress on the powertrain, which is expected to remain stock, and enable them to push the vehicles throughout an entire race weekend, which will be rough on those cars.
Electric GT says that a race weekend will consist of a 20-minute practice session, a 60-minute qualifying heat, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km). They are staying close to home for the first race on November 25 at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.
January – TBA
March – Autódromo do Estoril in Lisbon, Portugal.
April – Mugello in Tuscanny, Italy.
May – Nürburgring in Germany.
June – Belgium.
July – the Assen Circuit in the Netherlands.
September – Donington Park in the UK.
October – Circuit de Barcelon-Catalunya in Spain.