A brand new, Tesla based racing championship has been given the green light to commence later this year. The racing series will make use of race ready versions of the Tesla Model S P100D, in a zero-emission racing environment.
The Electric GT Championship has been awaiting approval for some time, initially being expected to begin in 2017 - now having received approval, it will get rolling towards the end of 2018.
The maximum permitted race power is 585kW, equivalent to a whopping 785bhp. Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi has taken part in the testing of the Model S P100D for the championship, saying that it "may be the fastest GT car out there over a single lap."
So the newly established GT series looks to see some stunningly fast racing action, but how will the championship run?
A drifting round?
The top 2 scoring drivers from a race weekend, as well as 2 further fan voted drivers, will take place in a series of drifting showcase challenges around the circuits (that are deemed suitable) with 3 bonus championship points up for grabs. Sounds like a fun twist, and an exciting way to give a little more to the fans.
Where will the teams be racing?
A handful of countries have been announced, but only one circuit. The first race of the season will be located at Paul Ricard circuit in France in November 2018. The remaining races roll over into 2019, and will take place in; Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Spain. Specific locations are to be announced.
As well as the Electric GT Championship, the race weekends will see supporting events in the form of electric kart racing series', and esports racing series'.
So despite the inevitable lack of engine roars, the Electric GT Championship looks to be a thrilling showcase of the potential of electric powered racing that could quite possibly match up to the likes of Formula E.
Formula E has recently seen the unveiling of its Generation 2 car.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E states that their newest model "represents the future of racing", so where Formula E could be the future of Formula series racing, is the Electric GT Championship likely to run alongside as the future of GT racing?
Time will tell.