Electric GT’s race-ready Model S Tesla P100D makes debut in Barcelona
Fast and Furious.
The Electric GT organization has delivered its first race-ready Tesla Model S P100DL to SPV Racing, the first team to confirm its entry into the 2018/19 Electric Production Car Series.
The Tesla Model S P100D is one of the quickest cars in the world, but it’s typically used as a family hauler or as a commuter, not as a race car.
Its builders say the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL is more than just a standard P100D with Ludicrous mode, capable of going from 0 – 100 km/h in 2.1 seconds, which is three tenths faster than the production car, and speeds up to 250 kph.
The delivery consisted of the first race specification version of the P100DL road car, which has been transformed to compete in the new category, and took place at the Barcelona circuit.
“In August 2016, Tesla presented this P100DL, and it very quickly was proven to be the fastest accelerating car you buy,” Mark Gemmell, CEO of EPCS organiser Electric GT Holdings Inc, told Motorsport.com.
The improvement comes thanks to Pirelli P Zero wet/dry tires, and a race weight that’s lighter by 500kg with carbon fiber body panels and a roll cage. There’s a double steel wishbone suspension up front, a new front splitter / rear wing setup for more downforce plus upgraded suspension and race brakes to keep everything under control on the track. With the 100 kWh battery on board, Electric GT expects its cars to complete 90 km on a single charge.
It’s pretty impossible to confuse the Electric GT racer for a stock P100D. The car is fitted with a full body kit that includes a deeper front bumper with a splitter, flared fenders, and a huge wing out back. Center-locking alloy wheels add a finishing touch to the look while reducing unsprung mass. The final product looks like a cross between Tesla’s zero-emissions sedan and a Hot Wheels car.
The Electric GT championship is open to both male and female drivers. A total of 20 international drivers will compete in races that will form part of weekend-long festivals of technology and innovation for sustainability aimed at celebrating a “new age of all-electric transportation,” which are scheduled to take place in Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and Portugal.
And it’s now been announced that the final round of the season will take place in Vallelunga, Italy, on October 27 – 28, 2019.