The single-seater Formula E electric racing series could soon be joined by a championship based on real-world production cars, with news that the Electric GT World Series is in the works.
The series’ organisers Electric GT Holdings say it will eventually be open to a wide range of track-tweaked EVs, but, for now, it has specified the popular Tesla Model S as the racer of choice.
“We chose the Tesla Model S simply because it is one of the best cars ever made, and certainly one of the best 100 per cent electric cars,” the series’ technical director, Agustin Payá, told website Transport Evolved.
“We are convinced that sharing its impressive circuit racing potential will help to inspire many people about sustainable transport."
The current plan centres on the now superseded 310kW/600Nm P85+ rear-wheel-drive model, which is no longer available to buy. But, while Electric GT is yet to offer details, it may be that a special production run has been secured.
"We are making only small changes to the production Model S P85+ such as improved braking and aerodynamics to increase high speed grip. We will strengthen suspension, braking cooling and steering as well as reducing overall weight,” Payá says.
The series is planned to run on professional racing circuits around the world, kicking off in Europe before expanding to Asia and North America. No plans for an Australian event have been revealed, however.
The Electric GT World Series is still to be approved, its organisers claim they have at least secured the blessing of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), if not its signature.