The first racing car from Tesla will make its debut in just a month during the inauguration of the Electric GT Championship. The engineers still have a lot of work to do, as the car only drove one and a half laps during the tests.
Tesla Model S in the P100D version is a car that does not give a chance to most of the rivals. Next month we will have the opportunity to admire its racing version on the track, which provides even more power, better performance and a breathtaking driving experience. The car generates 795 hp, 995 Nm of torque, accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.1 seconds, and its maximum speed is 155 mph (250 km/h).
To become a real racing car, the entire body of the Tesla Model S has been rebuilt. The car is now much lower, the wheel arches have been widened, the front bumper has air inlets and a massive splitter, and there is a huge spoiler at the back. The vehicle has also been significantly lost in weight by removing the entire interior and replacing it with a safety cage and race seats, as well as by using body parts made of lighter materials.
The EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL was built to race in the first season of the Electric GT Championship, which will start on August 12th at Silverstone Circuit. The car is currently undergoing final testing, some of which were attended by former Fifth Gear presenter and old Top Gear – Tiff Needell.
During the tests at Circuit de Catalunya, the British presenter has appreciated the car’s potential and driving behaviour. Unfortunately, the tests did not last long, because the Tesla batteries started to overheat after only one and a half laps and the car started to lose its power.
Tesla’s representatives are aware of the problem and are currently working to resolve it.