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Electric GT Issues Five-Year Technical Roadmap

EPCS open to all manufacturers; will become open-platform GT series in 2021…

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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.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. krisg

    July 9, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Didn’t like the path that they choose, to transform the series in a prototype like one with common chassis but manufacturers using their desired shell body and developing powertrain. The main goal of the series should have been to promote advancement for road electric GT cars and demand that only those available for sale in the market could participate – this would force manufacturers to advance their developments…

  2. Sorc

    July 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    This is all a very nice fantasy in this man’s head. The people behind this should get out while they still can.

  3. Kingsnake

    July 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Tesla might not be around long enough to support season 2. Not when they are cutting numerous engineering corners to make quota on their production lines. (Tents, seriously!?)

  4. Dave

    July 9, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I’m not against electric cars, but they have a big hill to climb in the states. America is auto obsessed and driving Priuses and Tesla’s is the realm of SJWs who can’t understand that the upstream part of the power comes from fossil fuels. The typical race fan wants their cars to rumble and the race to last more than 45 minutes. Speaking as someone who worked at a golf course, racing electric vehicles can be fun, but I wouldn’t go to a track to watch guys whir around in virtual silence. On the plus side you could easily hear the announcer I guess, but at that point you might rather watch an RC car race. Did I miss the clamoring demand for e-racing? Try figuring out how to make them cost effective without tax subsidies and stop them from spontaneously combusting – then we can talk about IF there is interest in an additional e race series.

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