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Old 4th February 2018, 18:47   #1
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Electric Production Car Series (EPCS), the first all-electric, zero-emissions motorsport racing series promoted by Electric GT Holdings Inc. has got the approval from the International Automobile Federation (FIA). The approval comes after a successful crash test of the Tesla Model S P100D-based race car. The first race is scheduled to be held by the end of the year.

Competitors will race in identical machines. In race trim, the EGT Tesla P100DL 2.0 race car produces 778 BHP and 995 Nm. For qualifying, the electric motors will be turned up to 785 BHP. According to Electric GT, the race-spec car is 500 kg lighter than the stock Model S P100D. It is powered by a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery which offers a racing range of 90 km. The race car is claimed to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.1 seconds. Unlike the production car, the EPCS race car has a front splitter along with a rear wing to improve the cornering ability. It is equipped with OMP safety equipment, Alcon dual-circuit hydraulic race brakes, R53 pushrod suspension and BComp composite bodywork. Custom designed Pirelli P Zero slick and wet tyres will be used for the races.

Up to 20 racers will participate in 3-heat qualifying based races that will include day and dusk races of 60 km each. Additionally, on circuits where possible, a drift race will be organized between the top two finishers and two fan-voted drivers for extra championship points.

This FIA approval makes EPCS the second electric car based racing series after Formula E. The exact schedule as well as the locations for the races has not yet been finalized.

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Nice. Formule E and now Electric GT should further help accelerate the development of power storage tech, currently the major limitation.
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This will bring in a new dimension in racing. Racing electric as opposed to gasoline will need a different skillset. Modulating accelerator instead of heavy breaking and much more aggressive corner handling of electric will challenge traditional gasoline drivers.
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I feel that some things are just not made for some applications. EVs aren't built for racing just as banks aren't suitable for selling groceries. Maybe I'll be proven wrong, but whatever I've seen of Formula-E so far, it has been BORING.

IMHO, combustion engines will always have an important role in motorsports. Even 30 years down the line, when there are only EVs & fuel-cell cars on our roads, petrol engines will still be used in racing. But it'll be a niche application - like horse racing today. People still love horse racing & derbys, even if horses aren't our primary mode of transportation anymore!
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Nice. Formule E and now Electric GT should further help accelerate the development of power storage tech, currently the major limitation.

Amen!
Absolutely love the idea of an Electric GT series. But I hope they keep it open to other manufacturers as well and not make it a Tesla monopoly! Because nothing accelerates development like competition.

On a side note, I think they should have left the drift-off gimmick out. I was all happy about the series till I read about that part. I know I am in a minority when I say this, but that's just what I feel.

A little more detail about the drift-off:
That's not all. Once the race is finished, the top two drivers - along with a pair of fan-voted drivers - will face-off "at suitable circuits" in a drifting competition. Here, the four must complete a series of drifting challenges, and the winner walks away with a further three championship points. Frankly, this series couldn't start soon enough.
Source: https://www.topgear.com/car-news/ele...-confirmed-fia

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But I hope they keep it open to other manufacturers as well and not make it a Tesla monopoly! Because nothing accelerates development like competition.
So while Formula 1 are struggling to justify the investment and the returns in terms of car sales, electric racing series could bring the adage "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" back into fashion!
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