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Electric GT Holdings has issued a five-year roadmap for its Electric Production Car Series, including plans to add more manufacturers and early details of future seasons.
As reported by e-racing365 in June, the EPCS will be open to other manufacturer models beyond the Tesla P100DL which has fronted pre-season developments.
Tesla’s 585 kW racer is expected to be the only car represented on the Season One grid, which is set to run from November this year through October 2019.
However, Championship CEO Mark Gemmell previously told e-racing365 that EPCS “is not a Tesla series” and that other manufacturers would be welcomed to the formula.
Seasons Two and Three will seek to expand on the inaugural campaign, with planned improvements to the starting package including aerodynamic and suspension upgrades.
In Season Four, which is anticipated to start in 2021, the EPCS will become an open-platform series with closed-wheel body specifications similar to those seen in current GT and LMP racing.
Those cars will be 300kg lighter than their predecessors and will share standardized components including the chassis, suspension, cockpit, braking system and battery, but the transmission, bodywork, motor and powertrain will be open to manufacturer development.
The regulatory vision bears resemblance to the DPi sports car formula, which enables companies to develop and brand certain elements of the car on a tightly regulated chassis.
Power outputs will be increased to around 825 kWh (1,122 bhp) while manufacturers will need to observe a minimum production of 500 units to enter.
Top speeds for the Season Four and Five packages have been estimated at 236 miles per hour, with anticipated acceleration rates of 0-60 mph in under two seconds.
Electric GT has reportedly been in tentative discussions with multiple OEM constructors, including several in Asia, about forming a mutually agreeable set of regulations going forward.
“We made history when we launched the first electric production car series, and now we are preparing the series to evolve and grow,” said Electric GT technical director Agustin Paya.
“Our five-year plan has been developed following discussion with leading global manufacturers and OEMs to best predict, and respond to, the continued rapid growth of electric vehicle technology.
“We will also continue to work with manufacturers of new sustainable materials, in the car and at our events, to surprise and delight our fans.
“This series will truly prove that electric technology has surpassed the possibilities of all that has gone before.
“Our championship will be fast, relevant and continue to drive technology forward.”
The first round of the 2018-19 EPCS season is set to take place at Jerez on Nov. 3-4.