The Electric GT championship has announced its first team and the identity of its first driver for the inaugural season which is planned to start in the summer of 2018.
The Spanish based SPV Racing outfit have announced a multi-year deal which will see them enter two cars, while also fielding an entry in the eSports support series to develop new racing talent.
“We run LMP3 cars but we all knew that this [electrification of motorsport] is going to happen but we didn’t expect it to be as fast as Electric GT and when we found out, we thought this is it, we have to commit because we want to be part of it,” Team Principal Lars Lindberg told e-racing365.
“We need to learn a lot about this new propulsion, the limitations, the opportunities and how to maximize them. We’re a race team and we want to win.”
One of the cars will be driven by Spaniard Alvaro Fontes who most recently drove the team’s Ligier LMP3 in the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
“It feels great to be part of the project, because electric cars are the future,” said Fontes.
“The initial feeling is a bit weird because there’s no clutch, no sound, no gearbox. The handling however is good, what we need is a bit more power, but this is only the prototype. The next model will have almost double the power [of the current one] and the potential to be the fastest GT car in the world.”
The identity of the second driver remains unknown at present but Lindberg revealed that “We’re talking to Swedish driver, [including] some people we worked with, but at the end it’s a commercial decision that we have to make.”
E-racing365 understands that Fredrik Blomstedt, third in this year’s Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, and Finnish female racer Emma Kimilainen, who was also present at Pau are among the contender for the seat alongside Fontes.