Electric GT, an all-Tesla and all-electric racing championship, recently announced that they will use the Tesla Model S P100D instead of the Model S P85+ for their race car. They unveiled their modified version at the annual Autosport International Show in Birmingham today and claimed some impressing new specs.
While they first aimed to use the P85+ for its powerful rear-wheel-drive motor, the new dual motor P100D was just too much of an improvement to be ignored for their championship.
Especially now that Tesla finally started pushing the software update promised by CEO Elon Musk that includes an Easter Egg to enable an even quicker 0 to 60 mph acceleration in the Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous. The vehicle was already the “Quickest Production Car in the World” with a 2.5-second 0 to 60 mph acceleration, but now the first test with the new update showed a 2.4-second time.
But that’s only for the production version of the vehicle. Electric GT strips the interior of its race cars, which reduces significantly the weigth of its vehicles. Musk recently said that the acceleration from 0 to 60 mph could be improved to 2.1 seconds in a stripped down Model S P100D:
It’s exactly, or actually even a little better, what Electric GT is now claiming at the Autosport International Show with their own modified Tesla Model S P100D displayed in the Live Action booth.
They say that their stripped down P100D with Ludicrous+ can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.1 seconds.
It would mean that 60 mph could easily be reached in 2.0 seconds and it would make the vehicle untouchable up to that speed.
They claim to have reduced the vehicle’s ~2,250 kg weight by about 500 kg to achieve that kind of performance.
Of course, stripping the interior accounts for the bulk of the weight reduction, but they also claim to have changed parts of the suspension and brakes.
It will be interesting to see the vehicle on the race track and we shouldn’t have to wait too long since the company has been promising videos ahead of the championship’s beginning later this year.
It’s going to take place on racing circuits in Europe and the Americas.:
“There will be 10 teams and 20 drivers, who will compete across seven races during season one. Weekends will consist of a 20-minute practice session, 60-minute qualifying, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km). Each round will be a weekend-long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability, in and around the circuits.”
Electric GT has been adding world-class drivers to its lineup of teams, including the experienced race car driver, Tesla owner, and environmental activist, Leilani Münter.