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Published on January 17th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Electric GT Tesla P100D Screams To 60 In 2.1 Seconds

January 17th, 2017 by  
 

The Electric GT Championship racing series took the wraps off its spec racing competition car at the Autosport International 2017 show in Birmingham, England last week. The series, announced last fall, was originally designed to feature the Tesla Model S P85D, but after Tesla announced an upgrade to a 100 kWh battery for the new Tesla P100D, the series elected to make that the basis for its race car.

Electric GT Tesla P100D race car

That upgrade made the Tesla the fastest production car in the world — for a while.

Then Faraday Future came to the CES 2017 show in Las Vegas and claimed its FF 91 with 1050 horsepower could scoot to 60 in 2.39 seconds. But skeptics pointed out the Faraday Future car was a stripped out non-production car, which led Musk to tweet that the Tesla P100D would undoubtedly be faster if it too was stripped of most of its interior appointments.

The Electric GT Competition car is precisely what Elon had in mind when he made that statement. The racing series says the specially modified racing version of the Model S weighs 1,100 lbs less than stock and storms to 60 mph in just 2.1 seconds. That is some serious quickness.

The Electric GT has been altered to include a full racing suspension and brakes and will race on Pirelli tires. Drivers include Tesla supporter and environmental activist Leilani Münter will be one of two female drivers among the 20 pilots who have signed up to compete in the series. Others include former Formula One driver Karun Chandhok and former British Touring Car star Tom Onslow-Cole.

Each race meeting will feature a 20 minute practice session, a 30 minute qualifying period, a 37 mile daytime race and a 37 mile race at dusk. Each round will showcase technology and innovation for sustainability in and around the racing circuit.

The series will race at such classic European tracks including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen, Donnington, Estoril and the Nürburgring GT circuit. Three non-championship races will be held in the Americas.

Source: Teslarati





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  • Kieran Delaney

    Would be very interested in spectating this!! I hope it grows and grows!

    • Ed

      But…how do you get 1100 pounds out of the car?!?!

  • zn

    I’m assuming these cars also pack in a roll cage, which would add another 100kgs or so. Take out that rear wing and front dampener as well and this car, or just a stripped out standard P100D, should be very close to 2.0 sec or under.

    • Steve Hanley

      Yes, each car is equipped with a full roll cage. But you’re right. It won’t be long before the sub 2 second to 60 car makes an appearance. And it will probably be a Tesla when it does.

      One question I have been unable to get an answer to is how heating of the battery pack, motor controller and motor will be handled. In normal drag racing, Tesla recommends a 5 minute cool down period between runs. These cars will be at or near full throttle for about 30 minutes at a stretch. Heat may be the limiting factor for performance.

      • eveplayer77

        This is true, but i think they have thought of it. also it might improve all teslas in the long run.

        • Steve Hanley

          I’m sure they have thought of it, just don’t know what the cooling strategy is. But you are right. Racing improves the breed. Been that way since the first Miglia Mille!

  • kevin mccune

    Calling Tony Stark, back to Earth please , where are the electric pickups ?

  • kvleeuwen

    Hmm, Assen… that’s doable for a weekend 🙂

    • Steve Hanley

      If you go, send us a trackside report. We’ll publish it!

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