Tesla Model S the basis of new all-electric GT race series

Electric GT World Series scheduled for 2017 start; Tesla's EV the exclusive car choice until other manufacturers join

Look beyond the gimmicks and the Formula E series, now in its second season, offers great racing, close competition and a compelling and accessible race format.

Come 2017 it won’t be the only high-profile electric racing series though, with the announcement of a new Electric GT World Series – with a field full of Tesla Model S P85+ electric cars.

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The series is the brainchild of Augustin Paya, a racing driver who specialises in competing in alternative-fuel motorsports – competing in the Spanish ECOseries with Mercedes-Benz, the European Electric Races series and more recently, as a Mahindra driver in the inaugural Formula E season.

Paya sees the series as part of a strong movement in electric motorsport and important in influencing the next generation of motorsport fans, as younger people grow up with more of an environmental conscience than older generations.

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While Formula E serves that purpose in the world of single-seaters, Paya wants the Electric GT World Series to represent the kind of vehicles people can actually buy – hence the choice of the Model S.

With few other road-going electric vehicles able to race for sustained periods on a single charge, the big-batteried Tesla is a natural choice for a racing vehicle – not least as it’s also one of the best-performing electric cars.

Speaking to Spanish news outlet 20 Minutos, Paya explains that other manufacturers have already shown an interest, name-checking Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Jaguar. Of the latter pair Audi already competes in Formula E with Abt, while Jaguar has plans to enter in the series’ third season.

Paya believes that series will have surpassed Formula 1 in terms of performance in ten years time. Whether it will match F1’s viewership appeal is open to debate, though Formula E is already arguably more media-savvy and F1 is seemingly doing everything it can to dissuade all but the most ardent supporters, so anything can happen.

The inaugural Electric GT World Series – scheduled for 2017 – will feature 10 teams and 20 drivers from around the world. Paya even promises some big-name talent, from F1, DTM and GT racing.

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