Show of hands, who here has heard of Electric GT? Anyone? Bueller? I like to think I’m pretty up to date on most forms of racing. Especially GT racing, it is my favorite form of racing. So when I came across Electric GT I was surprised to learn they have been around since March. Formula E is kind of quirky cool and Electric GT is using modified race prepped Teslas, so this is looking like it just might be pretty cool. I mean Tesla is literally writing the book on marketable everyday EVs. While most EVs are tiny little boxes that no one really wants. Teslas on the other hand look like a normal car, are proportioned like a normal car and generally act like a normal car. Except for the fact that in a straight line they are notorious for absolutely smoking much more expensive and exotic machinery. Really the perfect starting point for an Electric GT Car.
The exact Tesla in question is the discontinued P85+. Why? For starters it’s RWD. Organizers wanted to keep the RWD platform because 1,it is simpler and 2, Rwd is the proffered drivetrain of racing. So you get that racing performance with the added benefit of being cheaper to maintain. Very important for a new series where high car costs can kill the series before it even gets off the ground. The powertrain remains completely stock to keep costs down. However, interior is completely gutted, esessiental when you consider a stock P85 weighs north of 4000 pounds. Weirdly the touchscreen was allowed to stay. My guess they’re going to use it to promote some quasi new racing tech. In addition, the body gets the same racecar treatment with wider fenders, race suspension and a big ass wing.
You can watch one being transformed from its everyday normal form into full on race trim by visiting EGT’s YouTube Page.
The championship will consist of 7 events, all based in Europe. There are plans to host races in North America, however they will be exhibitions and not points paying races. Each race day will see a 20 minute practice session, 30 minute qualifying session, and two 60-kilometer (37-mile) races.
EGT is looking for around 10 teams. No official word on when the season will officially kick off. Personally I think they’re making a mistake by not taking their series directly to Formula E and asking to have their races support some of the race weekends. Either way if this all sounds like your particular brand of Vodka, you can actually apply to be a driver. I’m not kidding, click this link. Seriously, all it asks for is for some basic information and some form of racing license. (it does not specify which one is required so I’m just assuming any race license will do. I’m also guessing that the usage of autopilot during races will be strongly frowned upon.)