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What would make e-Prix Formula E more Exciting? Electric GT Support Races

I had a blast at the two Formula E events I  volunteered, but not all experienced such an electrifying time I was lucky to have. Why? Because of the amount of downtime between sessions… How would something like that be fixed? By adding support races of course!

At present the Roborace is the only “support” series that Formula E advertises, which consists of a single DevBot putzing around the track at slow speeds while it learns the track. That series will get more interesting especially when the autonomous/driver-less cars take to the streets in anger, but we are some time away from that happening.

What could be implemented much sooner is an exciting idea announced in Ibiza, Spain earlier… a Tesla Model S based spec series called Electric GT.

I had written about that series when I first learned about it, but I feel it’s important to talk about it so that people are aware and indeed support the idea to help bring it to fruition.

Just look at the latest pix posted on electricgt.co web site:

Photo credit: Electric GT (electricgt.co)
Photo credit: Electric GT (electricgt.co)
Photo credit: Electric GT (electricgt.co)

Actual track footage of the car in Europe…

Photo credit: Electric GT (electricgt.co)

The reveal

Photo credit: Electric GT (electricgt.co)

Yes, the car has so much torque it can smoke those tires easily!

Photo credit: Electric GT (electricgt.co)
Photo credit: Electric GT (electricgt.co)

The new P100D version

Photo credit: Electric GT (electricgt.co)

Simulation race, something Formula E already does letting fans take on actual professional drivers in a video game.

Photo credit: Electric GT (electricgt.co)

Even electric carts could help fill the void of having too much downtime… should some people want to remain in the grandstands instead of wandering around the eVillage.

Photo credit: Electric GT (electricgt.co)

It seems based on the calendar the Electric GT series is very Euro-focused, but the global schedule of current Formula E series is very attractive and could certainly be managed easily by the participating teams sharing expenses with Formula E.

I for one would love to see this happen. Strength is in numbers, and to keep the electric series together would bring the costs down and excite both the viewing public in attendance and the TV eyeballs entertained. Make it happen folks!

Electric GT Championship New Series Racing Spec Racer Tesla Model S P85+

Pretty exciting news from Ibiza today! A brand new “zero emissions” series is to hit European circuits next year with a spec racer Tesla Model S P85+ as a platform vehicle with 10 teams and 20 drivers competing on a half dozen of major European circuits.

I think that’s cool!

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The circuits in the promo video are world-class and frankly lucky to host something new and exciting like this… all the press releases I’ve read seem to piggyback this idea on the already somewhat successful Formula E “formula” which is great… maybe these e-GT racers can act as a support event for the ePrix events in the future.

I for one would be looking forward to that!

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It would especially be interesting to see how the marshals approach the event from a safety perspective.

On the press page of the series there is some insight into how the Teslas are modified for racing, by altering the roof line:  http://www.electricgt.co/press/ I wonder what sort of protection there is from the batteries in case of a high speed crash or fire.

Here’s the promo video:

 

And here’s an interview with the series CEO Mark Gemmell: https://evannex.com/blogs/news/113207301-exclusive-interview-electric-gt-world-series-ceo-discusses-tesla-elon-musk-and-ev-racing-news-from-the-frunk-ep-59

Europe is probably ideal for the launch of this series seeing how they embrace the Tesla Model S in everyday use (just check out the taxi stand at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, most taxis are Teslas) so I’m wishing them great success. And it’s definitely something I’d like to participate in as a marshal one day.