SPV Racing has signed Emma Kimiläinen for the Electric GT Championship, which is targeting a 2018 launch.
The Finn will initially focus on a test and development program together with the already signed Spanish driver Alvaro Fontes.
Kimiläinen started racing in Karts at the age of three and has competed in Formula Ford, Radical, Formula Masters ADAC and Formula Palmer Audi racing before switching over to touring cars in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC), where she competed from 2014 until the end of 2016 with several podium finishes.
In 2017 she raced in the V8 Thunder Cars NEZ Championship were she was fourth overall with one win, two podiums and two pole positions. She is also a commentator for F1 and E-Motorsport on Finnish television.
“We are very happy to have Emma joining us, she has a very good track record and did a good test in the Tesla Model S P85 car at Pau in France, where she demonstrated her ability to understand the car and the electric propulsion system,” said SPV Racing CEO Raul Garcia.
“We look forward to start testing the new Tesla P100DL with Emma and Alvaro early 2018, the new car will have almost twice as much power, racing brakes and a new suspension system.”
SPV will field two cars in the Electric GT Championship in a multi-year agreement, while also running an entry in the eSports support series to develop new racing talent.
The team was formed through a partnership between Swedish Team Spirit Racing, owned by Lars GV Lindberg, and SPV Motorsport owned by Raul Garcia.
The team is currently racing in the European Le Mans Series and the Le Mans Cup, with the aim of making its 24 Hours of Le Mans debut in 2019.