Tesla Model S Electric GT Racer Ready To Hit The Track


The race-ready Tesla Model S will do 0-62 mph in just 2.1 seconds.

After several delays, the inaugural Electric GT championship will finally begin later this year where 20 Teslas will battle it out on the track. Ahead of its competition debut in November, the first race-ready EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL has been unveiled at the Circuit de Catalunya track in Barcelona. A large rear wing and racing-spec aero kit has made the Model S much more track-focused, while the electric powertrain has been altered to produce 778 horsepower and 734 lb-ft of torque.

With the interior stripped out, organizers say the racing version of the Model S will sprint to 62 mph in just 2.1 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than the standard Model S. It also has a top speed of 155 mph. According to Autocar, the Model S racer is 25 percent lighter than a stock Tesla, and the 100-kWh battery pack is the largest used in racing. The first ever Electric GT championship season will consist of 10 races, with rounds taking place in Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and Portugal. The final race will be held at the end of October 2019 in Vallelunga, Italy. Every car will be identical, but the goal is to include more electric cars in the future.

Following its unveiling, drivers from SVP Racing got to sample the race-ready Model S. "It's fantastic to be part of the development of motorsport, making it not only sustainable but also very relevant for testing and demonstrating technologies and as a driver I have great expectations of the performance of the EPCS race car," said Emma Kimilainen, one of the team's drivers. "This is a very significant day for the championship as we deliver the first race-ready EPCS car to SPV Racing," said Electric GT boss Mark Gemmell.

"Years of planning and hard work have gone into delivering this championship and today I'm proud to be presenting a real, thoroughbred, race-ready car that will challenge all comers and thrill fans around the world."

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