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ELECTRIC GT’S AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL RECAP25-Jan-2017
It was an enjoyable debut at the Autosport Show for the Electric GT (EGT) Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, as exclusive announcements were made and the race-prepared Tesla Model S starred in front of a fervent audience for the first time.
The car performed in 13 Live Action Arena shows with Olivier Lombard, Ricardo Teixeira and EGT technical director Agustin Payá, at the wheel across the four days.
After his first outing in the car, former LMP2 driver Lombard was announced as the newest Drivers’ Club member alongside GT driver George Richardson from Great Britain, taking the total number of confirmed racers for the inaugural EGT season to 15.
Exhibiting at stand 6250, opposite tyre partners Pirelli, an incredible 1000 fans were treated to a 4D virtual reality experience of a lap in the passenger’s seat of the Tesla Model S which will contest the EGT Championship.
Detailed performance data for the EGT Tesla V2.0, based on the P100DL, was revealed for the first time. 500kgs will be removed from the production model, meaning the modified car is capable of doing 0-100 km/h in 2.1 seconds. It will produce 778 BHP and 995 Nm of torque.
Also announced was the concept of running e-races alongside the actual event. Gaming will play a crucial part in EGT’s global racing experience, with drivers from around the world coming along to rounds where they can compete for the ultimate prize of getting behind the wheel of a race-prepared Tesla Model S.
Moreover, the show was a chance for EGT to gain business contacts during the trade days, with the possibility of arranging Asian races discussed at the event.
Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell said: “It was a fantastic event for us to be able to debut our car and talk to everyone interested out there. Firstly, it’s great to have Oliver Lombard and George Richardson on-board with us and we were delighted with how much support they’ve given the series.
“We felt it was a good opportunity to also exclusively reveal the performance data for the EGT V2.0 based on the P100DL, there’s some really amazing stats in there and I think quite a few people were surprised when they saw them!
“Gaming is also something we’ve been increasingly looking into, as we want the EGT Championship to not just be an event you can go and watch, but a series that anyone can get involved with. I’m very excited for the next few months.”
About Electric GT Championship – New zero-emissions motorsport category promoting sustainable mobility
The championship was announced on 9 March 2016, with the Tesla Model S P100D chosen for the first season, which will get underway in 2017. There will be 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.
Weekends will consist of a 20-minute practice session, 60-minute qualifying, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km). Each round will be a weekend-long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability, in and around the circuits. Fans will be able to stream races via Periscope, Twitch and YouTube, as well as interact directly with the teams using social media platforms.