The head of the Electric GT Championship racing series has revealed the full specs of the new, converted Tesla Model S P100Ds that will be used in the racing series, as well as the schedule for 2017, in a recent interview with the UK’s Autocar.
The 2017 Electric GT racing schedule, as revealed by CEO Mark Gemmel, begins in the UK, at the Silverstone track, on August 12. That race is followed by races in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Spain, and France.
Here are the details on that:
12 August — Silverstone, UK
2 September — Assen, Netherlands (TT Circuit)
23 September — Nürburgring , Germany (DTM Circuit)
TBC — Algarve, Portugal (Algarve International Circuit)
28 October — Misano, Italy
18 November — Barcelona, Spain (Circuit de Catalunya)
25 November — Paul Ricard, France
Importantly, these dates are for now only provisional — final approval from relevant authorities is in some case still pending.
As far as the specs for the new race-prepped Tesla Model S P100Ds, here’s more from Autocar:
“Electric GT has also confirmed the full specifications of its electric racing model, 20 of which will be built for the opening season. The battery-powered saloon has been renamed Model S P100DL and produces 778 bhp and 734 lb ft of torque. It can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 2.1 sec — 0.3 sec quicker than the road car — and hit a top speed of 155 mph.
“Despite running an unmodified drivetrain, the car’s 100 kWh battery pack is the largest in motorsport. Gemmel expects the factory specification hardware to be extremely reliable. …
“At top speed, the car’s racing bodywork produces 51 kg of downforce over the nose and 92 kg over the rear. The bodywork itself is made from high-modulus carbonfibre — a particularly fibre-dense version of the material.”
Gemmel continued: “The standard drivetrain is in a 25% lighter car, so the stresses are actually less than it has been designed for in the production vehicle. This also makes the championship more valuable for Tesla road customers, as our racing cars are closer to what they drive so you’re essentially seeing a production vehicle on circiuit.”
A couple of other things worth noting here: the 18-inch, 265-mm-wide-at-the-front, 305-mm-wide-at-the-back tires are being supplied by Pirelli; dual-circuit single-pedal hydraulic race brake setups have been installed; the cabins feature FIA roll cages and fire extinguishers; and the cars sit on “double-wishbone pushrod-operated front suspension, with twin dampers and springs at the back.”
Something else interesting to note is that the races (with live cockpit feeds) will be streamable on YouTube, Periscope, and Twitch.
The races themselves will consist of 30 minutes of qualifying and two races 37 miles (60 kilometers) long — one during daylight hours and one at dusk, apparently.
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