The car racing world is entering the age of light.
The much lauded electric Tesla S, which customers can modify to their heart's content when they purchase one on the company website, is the baseline model for a new auto racing championship - the Electric GT World Series. The organization revealed its first model in Ibiza.
The goal of the series is to promote the development of electric vehicles by sponsoring competition based on commercially available models. Since the Tesla Model S is the fastest electric car for sale to casual drivers, it was a natural choice for the race. In the future, more kinds of cars might be added, but for now, Tesla is the name of the game.
The now-classic 17-inch Tesla touchscreen remains, but the rest of the interior of the car was stripped for weight. The steering, brake system and and suspension all received significant modifications, including a coil spring set up and dual dampers. On the exterior, a large rear spoiler for downforce and fender flares are the major differences with the street edition. The car weighs over 4,000 pounds, which is relatively heavy for a machine of its size.
The first season of Electric GT will be made up of seven European events, including one practice, one qualifier and two 37-mile races. Classic tracks like the Nürburgring, the Barcelona Circuit and Donington Park in the UK are on the list. A few North American races will be scheduled as well, though not part of the championship.
The souped up Model S sports carbon fiber door panels, trunk and front lip, a roll bar to improve cornering, and a built-in fire extinguisher. It also rocks Pirelli slicks that will ensure the power of the 416 horsepower engine goes straight into the ground whether it's wet or dry.
The new series will be a global showcase for the renewable power sources that charge up the Tesla racers, expanding awareness of the sustainable revolution, and doing it in style.