Tesla car-racing series gets go-ahead from Formula 1 overseer, promoter says

The prospect of an all-Tesla auto-racing series just got a lot closer to reality with approval by the group that oversees Formula 1 racing, according to a race promoter. And as an added bonus, the events will reportedly feature competitive “drifting,” in which cars slide at high speed through turns.

The governing body of auto racing, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), approved the series, which is scheduled to start this year and feature souped-up versions of Tesla’s Model S sedan, said the Electric GT organization, which proposed and promoted the competition.

“Up to 20 drivers will race the fully race-prepared Tesla Model S P100D in the Electric Production Car Series,” Electric GT reported.

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Paving the way for the series’ approval was passage by the customized P100D in the official FIA crash test, according to Electric GT.

The series will follow a three-heat qualifying format, and include a 60-kilometer day race and a dusk race of equal length, the promoter said.

“An innovative ‘Drift Off’ competition will also take place at suitable circuits, where fans will see the top two finishing drivers plus two fan-voted drivers go head-to-head to complete a series of drifting challenges to secure three further championship points,” said Electric GT, an event organizer that looks forward to “The Age of Light, when all our energy needs will come directly from the sun, and will be stored for us to use freely day and night.”

For the Tesla racing series, there’s a cap on horsepower. But that maximum, 778 horsepower, approaches the power level of a Formula 1 race car.

Electric GT first proposed an all-Tesla race two years ago, and had been seeking to use the discontinued Tesla Model S P85+, according to tech website The Verge.

Today, the Electric Production Car Series is intended to become a venue for car makers to pit their best-performing electric vehicles against each other, The Verge reported Feb. 1.

“Since there is a dearth of performance electric cars at the moment, though, the series is starting with Teslas,” according to the site.


Photo: An Electric GT race-ready Tesla Model S P100D. (Courtesy of Electric GT)




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