Electric GT Tesla hits the track - video

All-electric racer takes on Barcelona.
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After being given the green light in February this year, the Electric GT race series is gearing up to kick off in November.

We know what the cars will look like, and we know how much power they'll have (580kW/995Nm), but the question of how a heavy, battery-electric Tesla translates to the racetrack still needs answering.

Thankfully, Tiff Needell has stepped up to provide some answers. The (very) British ex-racer and TV presenter was let loose behind the wheel of a EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL (catchy, huh) on video.

In a brief stint behind the wheel, the presenter found the handling sharp, the steering solid and the brakes eye-popping in their effectiveness. There was an issue with the batteries overheating, though.

Maybe the fact he was lapping a sun-baked Barcelona race track didn't help, but battery cooling issues meant his exploratory session ended after less than two flat-chat loops.

Check out the video for the full rundown, and cross your fingers the Electric GT organisers can work out how to keep the Tesla's batteries cool before the first round at Silverstone in November.