The Electric GT Championship race-prepped Tesla Model S P100D accelerates from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 2.1 seconds, thanks to its 734 pound-feet of torque and 778 horsepower, the organization revealed at Autosport International 2017 in the UK.
The organization showed off the car’s impressive acceleration in the auto show’s Live Action Arena, a video of which can be viewed just below:
— Electric GT Holdings (@EGTChampionship) January 14, 2017
While some of those reading this may scoff and ask what it matters if a car can do a 0–62 mph time a few milliseconds faster than its previously did, the times involved make this news worth covering. A 0–62 mph acceleration time of 2.1 seconds is amazingly fast … for any car, let alone an electric car. What each of these news items does is it presents electric cars as high-performance cars, desirable cars, leaders in the auto world.
Autoblog provides more: “Last year, organizers announced the Electric GT Championship, a one-make race series using the Tesla Model S. Between that announcement and the still-to-come inaugural race, a lot has happened. First, they unveiled their P85D racecar. News came that Leilani Münter joined the series as a driver, and Formula One veteran Karun Chandhok heaped praise upon the development car. Also, Tesla released its ludicrously quick P100D variant, and Electric GT announced it would make the switch to, and modify, the quickest version of the Model S for the series.”
Considering the acceleration time improvements noted above, that was an understandable choice.
Continuing: “The Electric GT racer drops 1,100 pounds compared to the stock Model S, and gains a racing suspension and brakes, and Pirelli PZero slicks for a dry track, and Pirelli wet tires for the rain. Ten teams of two drivers will compete in seven European races, plus three non-championship races in the Americas. In Europe, the circuits include Catalunya, Formula E’s home track of Donington Park, Estoril, Assen, Mugello, Paul Ricard, and the Nürburgring’s GP course. Each round will include a 20-minute practice session, 30 minutes of qualifying, and short daytime and dusk races, each about 37 miles in length.”
Those who have just had their interest piqued still have a while to wait though, as the racing services doesn’t launch until September 27 (in Ibiza).
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