New zero-emissions electric GT series intends to follow the example of Formula E by injection of excitement to the image of electric cars.
The series, which will begin in the fall, will initially be contested by the track-prepared version of the Tesla model s P100DL. Formula E debuts all-electric single-seaters, while the EGT is based around cars resembling road cars.
At the moment, of course, not so much performance-oriented Pure electric vehicles on the market, therefore, EGT first Tesla. However, the series is open to all and we hope that a more diverse grid will be seen in the future.
Racing Tesla has a reinforced body, with flared wheel arches and large rear wing. The car sits on sport suspension and 18-inch wheels shod in Pirelli racing rubber. The interior was completely stripped and FIA-standard frame was installed.
At first glance, you could mistake it for a petrol-drinking GT racing car, except that it is virtually silent.
â€œThe changes we made to the car is not quite easy because we used the standard P100D road vehicle battery and engine,â€ says the boss of the championship mark Gemmel.
This racing car has a body made of carbon fibre and although the official figure of weight is not identified, it is estimated to weight about 1600 kg.
Gimmel says, â€œP100DL is 25% lighter [500kg] than the car, so that car racing will be under less stress.â€
It will also be much faster: tweaks for the rest of the system of propulsion about P100DL makes 778bhp and 734lb feet and can cover 0-62 mph in about 2.1 seconds. This increase only 0.3 seconds better than the car, but also neck and neck with a modern Formula 1 car.
Formula E car requires further with 0.9 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start. The EGT races will be standing starts to show impressive acceleration. The car can hit a top speed of 155 miles per hour.
â€œIt would be silly not to do standing starts,â€ he says. â€œSeeing 20 of these cars run in turn will be very interesting. You will get an interesting feeling of power.â€
Silverstone will host the opening round on August 12. In the next race will take GT Electric circus in Assen in the Netherlands and then to the Nurburgring to race in the DTM configuration of the German track.
After that, in Portugal, the Algarve International autodrome of Misano in Italy and in Barcelona, Catalunya will host a race each, before Paul Ricard in France closes in 2017 season on November 25.
That means the first series of the EGT condenseries in 15 weeks that Gemmel says is intentional: â€œhaving races so close to each other means that we can keep a good rhythm. It also helps to involve the audience more; if you have a large gap in the calendar, the person may lose interest.â€
Maintaining interest is that the EGT is going to do pulling fans closer to the action. Viewers will be able to stream live video from the cockpit of each car during the race. They will also be able to interact with the drivers after a Gimmel calls â€œnot distracting “heat map” support.â€
Simply put, a lover to watch the races at home will have the ability to use social media to “like” a particular driver who has impressed them. This support will be displayed for the driver on the infotainment screen Tesla, with the intention that it will strongly encourage the driver in the same way that a cheering crowd can spur on the football team.
The interaction between drivers and fans is a two-way, according to Gemmel: â€œby removing the noise of the engine, the driver can also interact more with the audience. In normal Motorsport, where the car is loud, the driver wearing a helmet may seem a little robot.
In EGT, you will be able to hear drivers in the car is easy, [so] they will become a man.â€
Gimmel compares the experience of watching a tennis match, where the efforts of the player you can hear how they strike the ball.
â€œIt gives you a great degree of empathy with them,â€ he says. The EGT race will be pretty short, with the checkered flag falls after the leading car has covered 37 miles, which equals about 17 laps at Silverstone.
There will be two races: one in the day and another at dusk. The first race will be played on 20 identical machines were divided into two cars.
Although Gimmel not to disclose the identity of any drivers who will compete in the season opening, he says they are â€œfantastic, the quality of professionals.â€
Before the start of the series, EGT installed drivers club, which has received support from experienced competitors, such as the British touring car championship driver Tom Onslow-Cole, a sports car racer Oliver Webb and former Formula 1 test driver Dani Clos.
â€œWe are also trying to get high quality women drivers are involved, because it attracts another huge section of social events,â€ says Gemmel.
â€œWe want to involve women in every role: as drivers, teams and marshals.â€ When the light turns green, at Silverstone in August, he thinks that with zero-emission motor sport will be a significant step in the future.
â€œPeople still say that electric cars will make life more boring and gray,â€ says Gemmel. â€œElectric GT will prove that it is not so.â€