If there is one car we at ecartestdrives wish we could test drive, it would have to be an Electric GT car. Read on to find out why..
10 teams are set to compete in the world’s first Electric GT racing series this year. Racing specially souped up Tesla Model Ss that can hit 100km/h in 2.1 seconds, the only thing missing from these events will be the noise of the cars.
One car, multiple outputs
Each of the 10 teams will be given two EGT Tesla P100DL race cars. These stripped out Model S grand tourers can hit 100km/h in 2.1 seconds, 0.7 seconds faster than their road counterparts. Observers say that this closeness in acceleration will give Model S owners the idea that they are driving something that could quite easily compete in top end racing.
These 778bhp cars can top out at 250km/h and have a range of 90km at all out racing speeds. While this distance doesn’t touch the distances that Formula 1 or the gas powered GT races, the racing should be extremely close.
The teams are able to make modifications to their cars to try to refine them to their needs. This might be tweaking the weight to improve the power to weight ratio or hardening up the suspension to improve cornering. Either way this is going to be a one race design where the best drivers win, with outcomes no one would bet on from the outset.
Famous Brazilian racing driver Lucas Di Grassi said of the new machines, “I can guarantee the new car with its properties will be as quick as a GT3 car.”
Noise? What noise?
Top Gear’s Paul Horrell pointed out that the lack of noise could be an issue for spectators. While he said that the spectator may only be able to hear the cars entering and leaving the start / finish straight, he also said that, you “can’t hear when a driver’s on or off the power, so you don’t know how any given driver is extracting or losing an advantage.”
This is an issue that the organisers of the Electric GT have noticed, and while they’re focusing on other ways of engaging the crowd, there’s word that they are hiring musicians to replace the noise that one normally hears from gas powered engines. The roar may be there after all.
Other spectator fun
The organisers of the Electric GT have found other ways to engage spectators. Those attending the seven GT series events in Europe and the three US races will encounter things not normally seen in traditional races. These include transmitting the cars’ telemetry to their smart devices so people have a fix on who’s doing what and when, and a virtual VR race for the spectators to race themselves (with the grand prize a chance to drive a real GT car on the circuit).
Forgetting the criticism levelled at the GT series by Top Gear (that hasn’t shaken off its petrolhead image even after dropping Clarkson) this should be a very exciting racing series that may well attract a mix of spectators, from the hardened GT nut to people who may have never attended such a race before in their lives.
If Electric cars are the future, is Electric GT the future of GT racing?
ELECTRIC GT 2017/18 CALENDAR
November 25-26: Paul Ricard, France
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