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Published on April 11th, 2017 | by James Ayre


Electric GT Championship Schedules Inaugural Race

April 11th, 2017 by  

The date for the inaugural Electric GT Championship races has now been set — November 25–26, 2017, at Circuit Paul Ricard.

The Electric Grand Prix France in Le Castellet will reportedly consist of one practice session, one qualifying round, and two rounds of racing, per day. A total of 68 laps (on the 2.387–mile track) will be performed per day.

The event will also play host to a “festival” to educate those there about electric vehicle technology, similar to what Formula E does at its races.

“Following the race in France, Electric GT will continue in January 2018 (location to be determined), then head to Portugal in March, Italy in April, Germany in May, Belgium in June, Netherlands in July, UK in September, and Spain in October, pending approval by the FIA and other institutions involved,” Autoblog notes.

“Drivers will race identical, race-spec Tesla Model S P100D EVs. The Electric GT treatment removes 1,100 pounds from the car, which helps its achieve a 0–62 mile-per-hour sprint of just 2.1 seconds. It features a race-tuned suspension and brakes, bespoke Pirelli tires, and safety equipment from OMP. Aerodynamic improvements include a front splitter and rear wing that produce 122 pounds of downforce at the nose, and 203 pounds at the rear.”

So, why should you care about all of this? Well, you may or you may not, depending on the way that you spend your time. If you want to get more of an idea of what the races are about, though, then you can take a look at this article: Electric GT Provides Details On Converted Tesla Model S P100Ds.



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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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