SPV Racing has taken delivery of the first race-ready Tesla Model S P100DL ahead of the debut of the Electric Production Car Series later this year.
The Spanish team received the car at an Electric GT event held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Thursday and is currently the only announced competitor for the series which will get underway in November.
SPV drivers Alvaro Fontes and Emma Kimilainen took to the track in the Tesla which features several upgrades over the previous version.
“Fundamentally, there have been a few safety updates with regards to the way the extinguishers are handled, and the safety lights,” Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell explained to e-racing365 last month.
“The suspension has changed quite a lot, and things that we want to improve as far as handling is concerned. The brakes are also a lot more powerful than they were on the original prototype.
“The bodywork is slightly different on this model. We’re using natural-fiber composites so we’ve had to tool up for that.
“It’s a process that produces excellent quality results but required us to change from carbon fiber so the molds had to be rebuilt.
“There have been a lot of changes around here that, in the end, are very meaningful for us in terms of the car, but are obligatory in as far as safety or handling is concerned.”
Electric GT Praises SPV for Early Adoption
Gemmell praised SPV Racing for putting its faith into the series at an early stage but clarified that he is in with talks with several other teams to be on the grid ahead of the first round at Jerez this fall, including a combination of GT and open-wheel regulars.
Spanish-based SPV has been focusing its efforts on LMP3 competition in recent years with entries in the Michelin Le Mans Cup this season.
“SPV Racing came out early,” Gemmell said. “They’re a visionary bunch, and they came in before we even had the official FIA approval. “They really buy into the vision that the future of motorsport is electric.
“We’re talking with a lot of teams and we’re basically trying to get everything in order for them so they know that the championship is going ahead and it’s a solid investment for them as well.
“We’ve spoken to a few teams that are very much in the open-wheel format.
“[The EPCS is] a comfortable option for those in the GT category because the car is well-known and the drivers would already be comfortable with this format of vehicle and the kind of attention the car requires in the pits.
“We’ve certainly spoken with quite a few open-wheel teams.”