DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: Mark Gemmell, CEO Electric GT Holdings Inc.

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Ahead of the first season of the all-electric production car series, CEO Mark Gemmell gives us an update on the development of the championship and the key challenges ahead in establishing the world’s first all-electric production car race series.

“Accelerating development in both electric mobility and sustainable energy means ‘The Age of Light’ will fast be with us. The Age of Light is a vision that has driven us for over 3 years to build an Electric Production Car Series that excites and inspires, and it is now close to final launch. Almost everything is ready: we’ve developed three fantastic race categories, received FIA approval and welcomed new technical and broadcast partners.

“The final ingredient is confirming a great lead investor who shares our vision of clean energy and transport, which is fundamental to launching the championship at the highest level possible. The championship start date will be set once this lead investor has been confirmed.

“As any startup, we adapt and test our strategy to make sure the timing is right and the market ready. In creating an engaging and inclusive championship, we want to be open with our fans and supporters as we close in on this final step to bring the racing we all want to see.”

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 Electric GT Holdings presents five year technical roadmap

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After delivering the first race-prepared car to a team in its headline race series last week in Barcelona, Electric GT Holdings technical management together with its engineering team have published the strategic technical plan for the first five seasons. Following interest from many international manufacturers, the championship will be open to all constructors and will set the trend for electric racing in the coming years.

In its fourth year, the series will become an open-platform series, following GT/LMP closed-wheel style body specifications.

All vehicles will share the same base (including chassis, cockpit, suspension, brakes, safety equipment, battery and BMS), but featuring OEM specific bodywork, and with transmission, motor and powertrain open to be developed by each manufacturer.

To qualify for this GT class, manufacturers will need to deliver a minimum of 500 units for the production version of the car.

A number of global manufacturers, including a growing number of Asian constructors, have shown great interest in joining the championship, and are already in contact with Electric GT Holdings Technical Director to draw up common regulations that meet the interests of all manufacturers.

Entry to the championship from season one is open to any OEM, provided that their cars offer a minimum of 70 kWh of available energy, a minimum power/weight ratio of 0.3 bhp/kg, a minimum/maximum weight of 1200/2500 kg and with dimensions that are within +/- 15% of the current EPCS Tesla P100DL. Vehicles will need to comply with FIA safety requirements and crash tests.

In the first season of the EPCS all drivers will compete with identical specification EPCS Tesla P100DLs. With 778 bhp (585kW) and 995Nm of torque, the car can reach 0-100 km/h in 2.1s, with speeds of up to 250 km/h.

Agustin Payá, Technical Director, Electric GT Holdings, said: “We made history when we launched the first electric production car series, and now we are preparing the series to evolve and grow. 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. Our championship will be relevant, fast and continue to drive technology forward.

“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.”

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Electric GT’s Tesla P100D makes global debut in Barcelona

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Electric GT Holdings Inc. and SPV Racing unveiled the race-ready version of the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL in Barcelona yesterday, ahead of the first season of its headline racing category, the Electric Production Car Series (EPCS).

The race-ready version of the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL all-electric road car was the first vehicle to be delivered to a team before the series debut in November.

Finished in SPV Racing’s testing livery, the EPCS car completed a shakedown in the morning at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with SPV Racing development drivers Emma Kimiläinen and Alvaro Fontes behind the wheel. The car was then officially unveiled to partners and media at a reception in the centre of Barcelona.

In the inaugural season, all EPCS drivers in the series will compete in an identical specification race-prepared EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL. With 778 bhp (585 kW) and 995 Nm torque, the race car will be capable of achieving 0-100 kph in 2.1s and will be capable of speeds up to 250 kph.

Mark Gemmell, CEO of Electric GT Holdings also announced that the final round of the EPCS will take place at Vallelunga, Italy on October 27-28 2019 following races in Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and Portugal as host countries for the 10-race first season.

The EPCS was introduced to celebrate the new age of all-electric transportation, to push the capabilities of electric road cars to the limits and drive forward a new age of electric innovation. Each race event will be a weekend-long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability, with racing at its heart.

The trio of race categories will also include the Electric GT eKarting Series and the Electric GT eSports Series, offering a gateway from virtual racing to the circuit. LVP (League of Videogame Professionals, by MEDIAPRO) was officially announced as promoter of the Electric GT eSports series. The virtual version of the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL is now available for download from http://electricgt.co/ for the Assetto Corsa sim racing platform.

The event was attended by key stakeholders and sponsors of the Electric Production Car Series, including Pirelli, BComp, QEV and MediaPro, the broadcast partner for the championship.

Lars Lindberg, SPV Racing Team Manager said: “SPV Racing are really excited to receive our first race car and proud to be involved in the evolution of Motorsport. It's a great platform for developing and testing innovative new sustainable technology.”

Alvaro Fontes, SPV Racing driver said: “I’m so proud to be involved in this project with my team SPV racing - the future is here now!. A new concept for a new racing car, I am excited to push hard with the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL and to feel the 800 horsepower under my feet!”

Emma Kimiläinen, SPV Racing driver said: “For me it's fantastic to be part of the development of motorsport, making it not only sustainable but also very relevant for testing and demonstrating technologies and as a driver I have great expectations of the performance of the EPCS race car.”

Mark Gemmell, CEO Electric GT Holdings Inc. said: “This is a very significant day for the championship as we deliver the first race-ready EPCS car to SPV Racing. Years of planning and hard work have gone into delivering this championship and today I’m proud to be presenting a real, thoroughbred, race-ready car that will challenge all comers and thrill fans around the world. This is exactly the calibre of race car that will allow us to showcase and to fully engage the potential of the electric future.”

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Debut Tesla P100D - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

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THE DRIVERS OF ELECTRIC GT HOLDINGS COMPLETE SECOND EKARTING TEST AT CIK FIA CIRCUIT MOTORLAND


Stars of the Electric GT eKarting Drivers’ Club have completed the second official test of the championship’s lightweight 3.2Kwh eKart ahead of the inaugural season, commencing later this year.

The test took place today at Motorland circuit in Spain under the supervision of Technical Director Agustin Payá.

The test was completed by two young racers from the Electric GT eKarting Drivers’ Club. New to the club, Irish racer Aoife Melia got her first experience of the all-electric eKart while Frenchman Tom Turschwel returned for his second eKarting test.

With mixed weather conditions, the test commenced on Pirelli full wet tyres before switching to the ultra soft slick compound in the afternoon as the track dried. Both drivers completed their test programme including high-speed laps in qualifying mode.

Aoife Melia said:“The performance of the EGT eKart is just incredible. I am used to a traditional kart and this is quite simply another level. The acceleration and top speed is really impressive, especially in qualifying mode and I found I was able to carry more and more speed through the corners as the test continued.

“We were nervous that it would stay wet all day but it was good to get some laps on the wet tyres. The afternoon session on fresh Pirelli super soft tyres was an experience I won’t forget. I’m excited to join the Drivers’ Club and proud to be the first female racer to join ahead of the first season."

The EGT eKarting Series is a support category to the main Electric Production Car Series, which kicks off later this year. Comprising two categories - 'Teenagers 13-15-year-old' and 'Plus 15s’ - a grid of 20 young challengers will race the 50hp eKarts at speeds up to 150 kph on circuits around the world.

The eKarting Series is designed to offer young drivers around the world experience of high-performance, all-electric racing machinery and provide a stepping stone to the main EPCS category which will see up to 20 drivers going wheel to wheel in the race-prepared Tesla Model S EGT P100D.

Agustin Payá, Technical Director, Electric GT Holdings Inc. said: “Today has been a successful day for Electric GT Holdings as we prepare for our first season. We are very pleased to welcome Tom back for his second test and to welcome Aoife Melia, the first female racer to join the eKarting Drivers’ Club. Our championship encourages equality right from grassroots level. 

“Despite the mixed conditions, we completed our test programme, thanks to the excellent feedback from both our drivers. It has been beneficial to test the full wet tyres and the slick compounds. This latest generation of our eKart is exceeding our expectations in terms of exciting performance and we can’t wait to see a grid full of these karts charge into the first corner at our opening race of the season."

Registration for the EGT eKarting Drivers’ Club is still open. Drivers who wish to join the club ahead of the inaugural season can do so at http://www.electricgt.co/ekarting/

VENTURI NEXT GEN’ ACADEMY DRIVERS COMPLETE ELECTRIC GT eKARTING TEST IN MOTORLAND

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7 members of the VENTURI NEXT GEN - the first academy dedicated to electric motorsport drivers - completed an eKarting Series test with Electric GT Holdings yesterday at Motorland-Aragon in Spain.

Seven drivers from VENTURI NEXT GEN Academy took part Wednesday 13th June in a eKarting Series test on Motorland-Aragon race track: Pierre-Louis CHOVET, Benjamin CARTERY, Dorian BOCCOLACCI, Arthur LECLERC, Maxime PAIN, Kevin LEAUNE and Gaëtan GOARANT.

VENTURI, the Monegasque electric vehicle manufacturer and owner of the VENTURI Formula E Team, launched VENTURI NEXT GEN Academy in March 2018 and aims to take budding young drivers to the very top of electric motorsport, making VENTURI once again one of the pioneers of a new era.

For decades, the karting track has been the proving ground for the next generation of racers and the Electric GT eKarting Series will create a path for young talented drivers to top-level international racing.

Manufactured by Play and Drive, up to 20 Electric GT eKarts will take to the race track for the first event later this year as part of the 10-race Electric Production Car Series championship. The trio of race categories will also include the Electric GT eSports Series, offering a gateway from virtual racing to the circuit.

« eKarting is both an ambitious and promising project. I enjoyed working with the engineer assigned to us. I was comfortable talking to him, using what I’d learned in theory classes at the academy. I found the driving more interesting than with a conventional gas engine kart. The torque lets you exit corners really impressively. I can’t wait for the next session! » - Kevin LEAUNE, member of VENTURI NEXT GEN

« eKarts are really nice to drive. They have huge torque and power. They definitely beat gas engine karts. Some things are different. For example, this was the first time I’d driven a kart while taking into account what I could hear, since the engine makes almost no noise ». – Arthur LECLERC, member of VENTURI NEXT GEN

« I created VENTURI NEXT GEN to open up new horizons for the younger generation and prepare them for the motorsport of the future. So it was vital for them to test out the very first high-performance eKarts in history. At the next session of theory classes in Monaco, we’ll be analysing today’s telemetry data together. The aim is always the same: to understand electric motors and optimise driving for this kind of vehicle. I would like to thank Mark Gemmell, CEO Electric GT Holdings Inc. for the invitation ». - Gildo PASTOR, President of VENTURI

“The Electric GT eKarting Series really is the first junior category of its kind for all-electric racing and the racing community has seen the series as an ideal proving ground for young drivers who want to compete at the highest levels of electric motorsport. VENTURI is a proven pioneer in EV technology and it is a pleasure to see their VENTURI NEXT GEN drivers get behind the wheel of our EGT eKarts as part of their development.” - Mark Gemmell, CEO Electric GT Holdings Inc.

VENTURI NEXT GEN will keep a close eye on Electric GT eKarts development. 

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10 race calendar confirmed for the Electric Production Car Series

Electric GT Holdings Inc. has confirmed a 10 race inaugural season of the all-new, zero-emission Electric Production Car Series (EPCS).

Commencing in Jerez (Spain) on November 3, the European rounds of the championship will also visit Paul Ricard (France), Nürburgring (Germany), TT Circuit Assen (Netherlands), Silverstone (United Kingdom) and Algarve Portimao Circuit (Portugal). Additional race locations on other continents will be confirmed later this year.

Each race weekend, presented by Electric GT Holdings, will be a weekend-long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability, with racing at its heart. The wheel-to-wheel action of the EPCS main event will be supported by the eKarting Series and the eSports Series: a ground-breaking new virtual racing platform.

All competing teams will also take to the track at Electric GT Holdings race HQ at Pau E-Circuit in the South of France this October for a pre-season practice round, behind closed doors.

A limited number of general entry tickets to the opening round of the championship in Jerez, Spain will be complimentary for fans who register for tickets on the Electric GT website.

Electric GT is currently in open discussions with several investors to close the first institutional fundraising round and complete the project’s financing before its definitive launch this autumn.

Mark Gemmell, CEO Electric GT Holdings, said: “This is a very exciting day for all of us who have worked so hard behind the scenes to prepare for our inaugural season. Without a doubt, we have secured some of the most exciting European tracks for our first season of the Electric Production Car Series and this gives us a great platform to further expand the championship.

“We have received a great deal of interest from circuits around the world excited by the possibilities that electric racing brings. We’ve got lots more news to come very soon. I am stoked about the future, and we are all looking forward to bringing elbows-out electric racing action to fans around the world.

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MEDIAPRO Group and Electric GT Holdings announce TV Partnership for the Electric Production Car Series

The Electric Production Car Series is the first FIA approved fully- electric production car race series.

MEDIAPRO Group and Electric GT Holdings have reached an agreement that will see MEDIAPRO undertaking the TV production and feed distribution for the coverage of the fully-electric production racing car championship - the “Electric Production Car Series”. MEDIAPRO will be in charge of the TV production of all events and will distribute the feed all around the globe. 20 drivers will compete in this series, behind the wheel of the Tesla P100D EPCS electric race cars and visit circuits in Europe, USA, and Asia.

MEDIAPRO, a leading group in the European audio-visual sector, will use HD 1080 technology to produce the television feed for the EPCS. MEDIAPRO has 60 OB units and studios all around the world is the leader in technical, logistic and broadcasting services including satellite TV signal distribution, and is in charge of over 3,500 TV productions per year. Their portfolio of Live TV coverage of high profile Sports competitions includes F1, UEFA Champions League, 13 football national leagues all around the world and different events which are part of the FIFA, UEFA, FIBA, OBS, CAF, AFC and other big sports institutions.

Mark Gemmell, CEO and Founder, Electric GT Holdings: "We are thrilled to welcome MEDIAPRO to the Age of Light family and we look forward to seeing what their level of expertise and creativity will add to the Championship. We aim to bring the latest technological developments and innovations not only to the racetrack but to people’s homes through the way that they will view and experience the races, MEDIAPRO will be key in providing that link between us and the fans who can not wait to see and feel how exciting this new racing series will be.

"MEDIAPRO means a guarantee that the TV coverage of EPCS will go all around the globe reaching a worldwide audience, and is also guarantees professional quality. For the online audience, we will also be broadcasting content on social media on different and powerful platforms so that everybody can access our spectacular on track and off track content.”

For MEDIAPRO: “We are delighted to add EPCS to our portfolio. It is both an honour and a challenge to walk side by side with this revolutionary car racing series on their first ever season right from the beginning. It means a lot that companies such as Electric GT Holdings can count on MEDIAPRO to start such an incredible and ambitious adventure. We look forward to working together towards producing an exceptional racing series and a unique experience for tv audiences all around the planet”.

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ELECTRIC PRODUCTION CAR SERIES GETS GREEN LIGHT FROM FIA

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Electric GT Holdings Inc. has announced that the Electric Production Car Series (EPCS) has been officially sanctioned by the FIA - the governing body for world motorsport.

The news follows last week’s confirmation that the EPCS race-prepared Tesla Model S P100D passed its official FIA crash test.

Electric GT Holdings Inc. has also published the EPCS sporting regulations, which include a three-heat (585kW) qualifying format. Rounds will include a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km). EPCS race power will be set to a maximum of 585kW (778hp).

An innovative “Drift Off” competition will also take place at suitable circuits, where fans will see the top two finishing drivers plus two fan-voted drivers go head-to-head to complete a series of drifting challenges to secure three further championship points.

The Electric Production Car Series (EPCS) is the first all-electric, zero-emissions motorsport category from Electric GT Holdings Inc. Up to 20 drivers will race the fully race-prepared Tesla Model S P100D in the Electric Production Car Series, running on bespoke Pirelli tyres and equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment, Alcon brakes, R53 suspension and composite bodywork from BComp.


Electric GT Holdings Inc. CEO, Mark Gemmell said: “This is such an exciting day for us as we confirm that the Electric Production Car Series has been officially sanctioned by the FIA. We respect the FIA and we are honoured to have their support ahead of our inaugural season.

“We are also pleased to officially publish the sporting regulations for the Electric Production Car Series. We have put a lot of time into refining the regulations to allow for competitive and thrilling racing.

“With a three-heat qualifying system and two EPCS races, plus our eKarting and eSports races, fans will have a lot of racing action to get excited about.”

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Tesla Model S P100D race car prepared by Electric GT Holdings Inc. passes official FIA crash test ahead of Electric Production Car Series debut in 2018

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Electric GT Holdings Inc. has announced that its all-electric race car, the Tesla Model S P100D, has passed its official crash test ahead of the inaugural season of the Electric Production Car Series (EPCS).

The crash test was carried out by IDIADA (Institute for Applied Automotive Research) at its facility in Barcelona. The crash test is mandated by the FIA as part of the homologation of the race car ahead of the inaugural season in 2018.

During the official test, the race car, equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment, experienced a frontal collision against a rigid barrier -  a block of concrete that weighs 130 tonnes covered with a 19mm wooden plate - at a speed of 14 m/s (50.4 kph).

The car’s high-voltage battery was active and charged according to manufacturer and FIA instructions and had an 88 kg dummy in the driver's seat. The weight of the vehicle was 1,720 kg, representing the maximum race weight of the race car plus the weight of the dummy and a 25 kg data acquisition system.

IDIADA officials measured the acceleration of the dummy and vehicle during the crash. After the collision, officials also measured the protection against electrolyte spill and electric shock, plus static deformation in different points of the vehicle.

Up to 20 drivers will race the fully race-prepared Tesla Model S P100D in the Electric Production Car Series, commencing in 2018, running on bespoke Pirelli tyres and equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and Alcon brakes. Rounds will consist of a 20-minute practice session, a 60-minute qualifying heat, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km).

Race weekend will also include the eKarting Series and the eSports Championship. Each round of the Championship will be a weekend-long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability, in and around the circuits. Fans will be able to stream races via Periscope, Twitch and YouTube, as well as interact directly with the teams using social media platforms.

Electric GT Holdings Inc. CEO, Mark Gemmell said: “We are very pleased to have successfully passed our crash test. While there was no doubt as to the safety of the race car we have built, thorough safety testing is always a priority.

“The car performed very well during the collision. In many ways it was worse for us than for the car, having to watch the destruction of a machine we have lovingly built throughout our development of the championship. We are very excited to go racing in 2018.”

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Electric  GT  officially  launches the  EGT  eSports  Championship

Electric GT has officially launched its eSports Championship, which will take place at every EGT event in the inaugural season.

Designed to develop young racing talent from sim to circuit, the Electric GT eSports Championship will offer young virtual racers the opportunity to develop their skill and compete for real­life track test opportunities and graduation through the Electric GT Draft pick to the main series.

Electric GT eSports Championship qualifying will open in the coming weeks and will see fans compete for the opportunity to earn one of ten official places in the full­time eSports season, racing at each event in the inaugural EGT season.

The winner of each official eSports race during the season will earn a track test in the real­life Electric GT racing car, the race­prepared Tesla Model S EGT P100D machine, running on bespoke Pirelli tyres and equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and Alcon brakes.

Qualification for the Electric GT eSports Championship will take place in stages over the coming months, ahead of the inaugural race in 2018.

The first round of qualifying for the EGT eSports Championship will be announced on the Electric GT website and social media. Fans will be invited to set a fast lap from their own home on Assetto Corsa, a realistic simulator racing platform. The top 100 competitors will then compete in an online qualifying race.

The top 40 drivers will be invited to the Electric GT Headquarters at Circuit Pau­Arnos to compete in EGT’s g­force replicating simulators for one of 20 spots in the final qualification round where the final 10 full­time e­racers will be chosen.

The eSports Championship was officially launched at Electric GT’s headquarters at ‘Pau E­Circuit’ ahead of the first Day of Light, a public event at the circuit to showcase the world’s first all­electric production car series. Electric GT established its development hub at Circuit Pau­Arnos in April this year, as the South West of France looks to become an incubator for technology and clean energy.

Mark Gemmell, CEO Electric GT Ltd. said: “This is a very exciting day as we launch the Electric GT eSports Championship and prepare to invite fans around the world to start setting their fastest laps. We have put a lot of work into making the series as realistic as possible. With g­force replicating simulator setup and the added elements of virtual reality, this series is going to be physically demanding for every competitor.

“We’ll be offering a real­life track test to the winner of each round of the eSports Championship. With an increasingly blurred line between racing skill on the track and in the simulator, we want to reward and develop the racing talent of our eSports racers. “We will also be encouraging the teams competing in the Electric Production Car Series to take these competitors under their wing. Our first team to join the championship, SPV Racing, has already shown great interest in supporting a number of racers in our virtual championship in addition to their track racing programme.

"Make no mistake, these e­racers will be as much in the frame for future full­time EGT drives as our young karters. The first season is going to be fascinating.”

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Rebecca Jackson joins Electric GT Drivers’ Club ahead of inaugural season

Electric GT is excited to announce that Rebecca Jackson has joined the Electric GT Drivers’ Club ahead of the inaugural season in 2018.

An accomplished racing driver, broadcaster and journalist, Rebecca Jackson has impressed in multiple motorsport categories including The Dubai 24 Hour Race, Road to Le Mans and most recently the Mini JCW Challenge.

Jackson tested the all-electric Tesla Model S EGT development car this month at Pau E-Circuit during Electric GT’s inaugural Day of Light; a day of celebration of all-electric innovation and showcase of the EGT headquarters, including the new all-electric eKart and eSports series that will support the main Electric GT races throughout the first season.

Electric GT has attracted a number of highly experienced drivers as the new zero-emissions motorsport category prepares for the opening race in mid-2018. Drivers such as IndyCar’s Stefan Wilson, WTCC racer Tom Coronel and single-seater ace, Alice Powell join Jackson in the Drivers’ Club, while a number of ex-F1 drivers such as Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Karun Chandhok and reigning Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi have all tested EGT’s challenger as it completes its development programme.

Rebecca Jackson said: “I’m so pleased to be joining the Electric GT Drivers’ Club ahead of the inaugural season. I have visited the EGT headquarters in at Pau E-Circuit and met the people and I am thoroughly convinced by what they intend to do. I truly believe that Electric GT will offer fans a thrilling racing championship but I am also excited by how convincingly it will deliver its core messages of sustainability and the optimism that the new age, the Age of Light, brings.

“I’ve driven the Electric GT car and I am impressed by its performance. I’m no stranger to all-electric road cars and this fully race-prepared machine is something spectacular to experience. It’s a great challenge to master the unique characteristics of an electric racing car but I can’t wait to get behind the wheel again soon.”

The announcement follows confirmation that SPV Racing, the first team to officially join the grid for the 2018 season, has signed Finnish driver Emma Kimiläinen from the Drivers’ Club. Kimiläinen joins the team as official test and development driver as the team prepares for its all-electric debut next year.

Electric GT CEO, Mark Gemmell said: “Today is an exciting day as we share the news that Rebecca has joined our fast-growing EGT Drivers’ Club. We are proud of the people that we have attracted to our Drivers' Club and to see that Electric GT is a championship that excites drivers. That’s exactly what we want, as we prepare to go racing and to excite the world.

“We have some terrific talent in our EGT family. This week, we also saw Emma Kimiläinen signed by our first racing team, SPV Racing, as test and development driver. That is a real proof of concept for us, that the Drivers’ Club is working and providing these talented racers with an avenue into the championship. We will have even more exciting news in the near future.”

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SPV  Racing  officially  joins  Electric  GT  grid  for  2018 with  experienced  development  driver  duo

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SPV Racing has officially confirmed its entry for the inaugural Electric GT season, commencing in 2018.

The multi­year deal will see Swedish ­ Spanish team, SPV Racing field two cars in the Electric GT Championship, while also fielding an entry in the eSports support series to develop new racing talent.

SPV Racing 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 LeMans Series and the Le Mans Cup, with the aim of making its 24 Hours of Le Mans debut in 2019.

Preparing for its entry in the all­electric championship, SPV Racing also announced the line up with experienced drivers to assist with the development of the new team and getting up to speed with a new technology.

Spanish driver Alvaro Fontes is a veteran of GT racing, with over 250 race starts to his name. He has previously participated in the Hyundai Coupé Cup, Seat Super Cup, Spanish GT Championship, Radical European Masters and the European LeMans Series.

SPV’s drive to develop young talent will also see them field a development driver for Electric GT’s eSports support series, lead by eSports and single­seater Spanish racer Javier Martinez.

SPV Racing will be the first customer to receive the race­prepared Tesla Model S EGT P100D later this year and will begin a promotional programme with the car ahead of the debut race mid­2018.

The announcement was made during the inaugural Day of Light at the Electric GT headquarters at Circuit Pau­Arnos, where EGT’s sustainable credentials are put into action from the ground up, creating an incubator for technology and clean energy.

Electric GT CEO, Mark Gemmell said: “This is a significant step forward for Electric GT as we prepare for our first season in 2018. We are delighted to welcome SPV Racing to the EGT family. Since our first introductions, SPV Racing has hit the ground running and we have enjoyed working with people who are as eager and excited to go racing as we are. “We are pleased to see SPV also putting forward such a strong line­up of development drivers as they prepare for their electric racing debut. Lars and Raul with their team have acknowledged the steep learning curve that their entry into electric racing will bring and they have selected excellent drivers to assist them.”

Lars Lindberg, SPV Racing Team Manager said: “We are so proud to be the first team to officially announce our entry to the Electric GT Championship. We are excited by this new chapter for our team as we take on the challenge of racing with electric power. “From a pure racing side, with the Tesla we have a lot to learn so we are proud that we have such a strong line­up of drivers to assist with our development on and off the track. We believe that we are putting our best foot forward and hope to make a strong start in our first season. “We’re proud of the experience in our team, having raced all over the world in multiple categories. We are also looking forward to using Electric GT as an opportunity to develop new racing talent and we believe that the eSports Championship will be a good testing ground for racing stars of the future.”

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ELECTRIC GT INVITES FANS TO INAUGURAL ‘DAY OF LIGHT' AT PAU ‘E-CIRCUIT’ HEADQUARTERS

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The Electric GT Championship has announced it will open its doors to fans and enthusiasts for the inaugural “Day of Light” on November 18.

Day of Light #1 will take place at the championship headquarters at Circuit Pau-Arnos and will offer fans and enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the thrills of the world’s first 100% electric production car racing series, before it the first race in 2018.

Registration for Day of Light #1 is free of charge and all spectators will have the opportunity to see the race-prepared all-electric EGT Tesla Model S on track as it continues with its development programme and also see EGT’s all-electric e-Kart and Virdual® racing simulator in action.

EV race enthusiasts are also invited to take to the circuit themselves, joining the inaugural Day of Light EV track day. Entry to the EV track day will be €97 per all-electric vehicle, for a half day of track driving including insurance.

Electric GT established its development hub at Circuit Pau-Arnos in April this year, as the South West of France looks to become an incubator for technology and clean energy. The ‘Pau E-Circuit’ is located close to the historical energy innovation centre of Pau-Lacq, while the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’ Adour (UPPA) is one of the leading campuses in France for energy and the environment.

The Electric GT Championship will commence in mid-2018, and will bring a weekend-long celebration of electric innovation to racetracks around Europe.

Each race weekend will include the main event, the Electric Production Car Series, which will see 20 international drivers, racing for 10 professional teams in the all-electric EGT Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment, running on bespoke Pirelli tyres.

Rounds will consist of a 20-minute practice session, a 60-minute qualifying heat, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km). Fans around the world will be able to stream the entire weekend’s racing and won’t miss any of the action.

The Electric Production Car Series will be supported by the Electric GT eKarting Series for the next generation of racing stars and the innovative Virdual® Series which will see fans around the world compete online to win a simulator racing slot for the full season.

Gates open to Circuit Pau-Arnos at 09:30 and Day of Light #1 will commence at 10am.

Mark Gemmell, CEO of Electric GT Holdings Inc. said: “We are really looking forward to our inaugural Day of Light. We have achieved a lot this year behind closed doors in preparing for our first season and now we want to throw open those doors and share it with everyone. We strongly believe that motorsport should be inclusive and welcoming and our Day of Light is the first of many ways in which we want fans to be a part of this championship.”

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DEBUT EKARTING TEST FOR ELECTRIC GT STARS OF THE FUTURE

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Three stars of the Electric GT eKarting Drivers’ Club made their debut at championship headquarters on Thursday.

Drivers from Europe, North America and Asia successfully carried out a test of the championship’s lightweight 3.2Kwh eKart ahead of the inaugural season, commencing later this year.

The test took place on Thursday at Circuit Pau-Arnos in France, under the supervision of Technical Director, Agustin Payá.

100km of testing was completed by three young racers from the Electric GT eKarting Drivers’ Club - Billy Jack Smith (USA), Tom Turschwel (France) and Felix Yeung (Hong Kong).

The eKarting test follows confirmation that the Electric Production Car Series (EPCS) has been officially sanctioned by the FIA.

For decades, the karting track has been the proving ground for the next generation of racers and the Electric GT eKarting Series will be an integral part of each race event throughout the season to create a path for young talented drivers to top-level international racing.

Comprising two categories - 'Teenagers 13-15-year-old' and 'Plus 15s’ - a grid of 20 young challengers will race the 50hp eKarts at speeds up to 150 kph on circuits around the world, competing to secure a future race seat in the Tesla Model S EGT P100D.

Returning from his first stint in the eKart, Felix Yeung said: “This is the first time I’ve tried the Electric GT eKart and it feels like driving a spaceship! The power surge is incredible when you exit a corner but it’s very driveable. I’m excited about my next runs, to see how much more power I can deliver.”

Agustin Payá, Technical Director, Electric GT Holdings Inc. said: “This is a very important day for the final testing of our all-electric kart. We believe that we have produced the best eKart out there and it’s been terrific to see some really talented young drivers push it to the limit today.

“It has also been enlightening to see these stars of the future take to the track here at our headquarters at Pau E-Circuit, not just because they want to show what they can do, but because they see the huge opportunity that this Series presents for a future in competitive, exciting and sustainable motorsport.”

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ELECTRIC GT PROTAGONISTA EN ESADE

En la prestigiosa universidad de Barcelona se trató del futuro de la competición eléctrica con la presencia del cofundador de EGT, Agustín Payá

La escuela de negocios ESADE acogió la conferencia ‘Electric Motorsport: cambiando el paradigma’, moderado por el vicepresidente del Club Energía y Medio Ambiente ESADE, Robert Navarro. Con tres ponentes de gran prestigio se debatió sobre el futuro de la competición del motor con vehículos eléctricos.

Vicenç Aguilera, así como el cofundador y director técnico de Electric GT Agustín Payá. El intenso debate se alargó más de dos horas a favor del nuevo escenario que Electric GT está abriendo a nivel mundial para que las carreras de coches y el sistema de negocio que se está realizando, cambiando desde este mismo año el hacer y entender de la competición, dejando atrás las energías de origen fósil para competir libre de emisiones, respetando el medio ambiente gracias a la energía eléctrica y las energías de fuentes renovables.

Josep Miquel Torregrosa, business creation officer de InnoEnergy, destacó la apuesta de cambio que están realizando grandes empresas, “el futuro es eléctrico en la automoción y en consiguiente en el Motorsport. Grandes empresas y las marcas apuestan por este cambio, el I+D está encaminado prácticamente en exclusiva hacía este punto, la gente prefiere el concepto de movilidad e innovación, aunque tenga que pagar más por ello, esto es un gran paso. Están saliendo muchos modelos de negocio para aprovechar el salto que dará esto en breve y Electric GT es un claro ejemplo de ello, están realizando un trabajo excelente en pos de conseguir cambiar nuestras costumbres medioambientales”.

Viçens Aguilera, una eminencia en el mundo del automovilismo y en especial en el Motorsport, actualmente presidente del Clúster de la Industria de la Automoción de Cataluña y presidente del Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluña, felicita a Electric GT y “les deseo un gran éxito, están llevando a cabo un reto pionero, brutal e inédito, les tengo un gran respeto, pero el cambio no será fácil. La evolución tecnológica en el mundo del Motorsport es muy rápida y ahora empieza a encaminarse hacia este destino. Soy un gran defensor del vehículo eléctrico, pero hoy en día el vehículo eléctrico todavía no triunfa, es un tema todavía complejo y hay que trabajar mucho para su evolución y hay que saber administrarlo”.

Agustín Payá presentó el nuevo campeonato eléctrico para vehículos gran turismo que arrancará este mismo año con un calendario con carreras en circuitos permanentes en Europa, así como el modelo de negocio y las características con las que los 20 pilotos competirán con los espectaculares Tesla P100DL. También se enseñó en primicia los detalles más secretos del nuevo Tesla EGT P100DL V 2.0 en un espectacular video 3D en el que se pudo ver los datos técnicos del vehículo que protagonizará la primera temporada del Electric GT.

Para Agustín Payà, el modelo de competición que está llevando EGT es: “son más que carreras de coches. Es algo con un objetivo mayor que esto, lo que queremos es acelerar el proceso hacia un trasporte sostenible y este modelo de competiciones ayudaran a impulsar esa transformación y el uso masivo de estas tecnologías en la sociedad. “La era del petróleo” nos ha llevado hasta nuestros días, pero ya se ha terminado y debe dar paso a las energías limpias, a la “Age Of Light” (La Edad de la Luz). Nuestro modelo de negocio va más allá, en la parte económica también queremos que sea sostenible, organizando eventos preferentemente en circuitos permanentes donde conseguiremos rebajar costes en una infraestructura ya existentes y preparadas expresamente para competir y donde disponemos de todos los servicios y cumplen con las máximas medidas de seguridad”.

Agustín Payá, añade: “Queremos que el público sea el protagonista en nuestro campeonato, tanto el público presente en los trazados, como los que estén en el sillón de casa podrá interactuar con los pilotos en tiempo real. La parte de videojuegos también será muy importante, crearemos una competición paralela donde los gamers se enfrentarán a los pilotos profesionales, pero que en realidad acabarán fusionándose… El futuro ya está aquí”.

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ELECTRIC GT eKARTING SERIES DRIVERS' CLUB OPENS FOR RACING STARS OF THE FUTURE

Electric GT Holdings Inc. – organizers of the world’s first 100% electric production car racing series – has today opened applications to the Drivers’ Club of the new Electric GT eKarting Series.

The line-up of 20 all-electric go-karts will be one of the support races for the Electric Supercar Series main event, which is contested by fully race-prepared Tesla Model S P100D vehicles.

For decades, the karting track has been the proving ground for history’s greatest racing heroes. With lightning-quick reflexes and expert skill required, many of the greats still return to where it all began, to perfect their racing technique.

Starting in 2018, a grid of 20 young challengers will race lightweight 3.2Kwh (50hp) karts at speeds up to 150kph on circuits around the world, competing to secure a future race seat in the Tesla Model S EGT P100D.

Comprising two categories, 'Teenagers 13-15-year-old' and 'Plus 15s', the series will offer plenty of entertainment and exciting racing into the 'Age of Light'.

Mark Gemmell, CEO of Electric GT Holdings Inc. said: "The Electric GT eKarting Series forms part of our approach to offer a wide selection of fun events for everyone. Investing in future talent is hugely important and is something that we are very passionate about.

"We are firm believers that electric racing is the future of motorsport and we are keen to nurture and excite the future talent pool of electric racing drivers, which is why we have invested in offering an electric karting championship. Envisaging a future where children will grow up aiming to be the next electric racing champions is the goal. We want to lay the grounds for this now."

The opening Electric GT Championship event will be a weekend-long festival with action both on and off the track, celebrating technology, sustainability and innovation. 'The Age of Light' is to be marked with a range of activities including the Electric GT eKarting Series, the Electric Supercar Series and the Electric GT Virdual™ Series.

Each Electric Supercar Series round is a single-day event consisting of two 30-minute, 60km-long full-power races. The grid for the first race is fought for during three intense knock-out qualifying sessions following a 20-minute practice session at the start of the day. The first of the two races takes place in the afternoon, followed by a second dusk race.

There will be 20 international drivers, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S EGT P100D race cars, equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres.

Each Electric GT event will also include the Electric GT Virdual™ Series: a ground-breaking new racing format that will see contenders hit a racing simulator to commence the race but conclude it on the real race track.

EGT READY TO LAUNCH KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Electric GT announces the arrival of Electric GT Karting Championship, an international karting series to find Electric GT’s future racing stars.

Starting in 2018, our grid of 12 to 20 young challengers will race their lightweight 3.2Kwh, 50hp karts at speeds up to 150 km/h on circuits around the world.

With karting events being held at each round of the Electric GT Championship, fans will have the opportunity to cheer on the next generation of racing stars, who will battle for a future race seat in the EGT championship.

For decades, the karting track has been the training ground for history’s greatest racing heroes. With lightning-quick reflexes and expert skills required, many of the greats still return to where it all began to perfect their racing technique.

It’s time to fast track into the next generation of karting.

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RACING’S PAST MEETS RACING’S FUTURE

RACING’S PAST MEETS RACING’S FUTURE

Electric GT has created a 3D artwork celebrating the past and future of motorsport at Autódromo de Sitges-Terramar. The long-since abandoned racing circuit south of Barcelona celebrates its 95th birthday this year.

Electric GT collaborated with award-winning Italian artist Johannes Stoetter to paint a 1934 Bugatti Type 59 on the 2km 60-degree banked section of the circuit. Completing the artwork, the real Electric GT racing car was photographed as it zipped by at full speed.

The Electric GT racing car was piloted by Spanish racing driver and Electric GT Technical Director, Agustin Payá, on the circuit that has not seen racing since the 1950s.

The all-electric Tesla Model S EGT machine, running on bespoke Pirelli tyres and equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and Alcon brakes, will be driven by up to 20 drivers in the inaugural Electric GT season, starting in 2018.

Mark Gemmell, CEO Electric GT Ltd. said: “We have enjoyed putting this 3D artwork together and feel it is a wonderful visible representation of the evolution of automotive technology and motorsport, ahead of our inaugural season in 2018.

“Johannes and his assistant, Swedish artist Vilja Vikute, had a complex task in planning the design so that it would work as an optical illusion, even anticipating the length and angle of shadows at the time the photos would be taken. Always a racer, Agustin also had some fun on the banked circuit, so we enjoyed trying to capture both cars while our racing car was whizzing past the static artwork at over 150kph.

“We want to show how thrilling and fun the future of racing will be while respecting the history of our sport. We are all racers and we want to build on the legacy of the sport, evolving it as we move forward into the Age of Light. We can’t wait to open the doors to the public for our Day of Light #1 on November 18 to experience this exciting future for themselves.”

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Electric GT and Bcomp reveal lightweight renewable natural fibre composite body panels and tease “secret weapon” LED display

Electric GT has announced its unique partnership with Bcomp - manufacturers of high-performance lightweight composite materials to replace some traditional carbon fibre panels in the Electric GT racing car.

Swiss company Bcomp has developed a proprietary high-performance lightweight material for the automotive industry, producing high-performance, cost-efficient materials that can replace or reinforce carbon fibre and other engineering materials, and cut up to 40% weight with maintained performance.

Its powerRibs®- and ampliTex® reinforcement fabrics have first been used within Bcomp’s initial Sports & Leisure markets, and can typically be found in products such as skis, snowboards, surfboards, canoes and guitars. In addition, the company has collaborated with the European Space Agency ESA on the development of lightweight space applications for several years.

Working with Electric GT, Bcomp has also teased a revolutionary LED system within the natural fibres which can create a display for live data and telemetry on the outer body of the racing car.

Bcomp revealed the new technology at the Electric GT headquarters at Circuit Pau-Arnos, where EGT’s sustainable credentials are put into action from the ground up, creating an incubator for technology and clean energy.

The special panels will be put into action at the first ever public test of the Electric GT racing car at the inaugural Day of Light at Pau E-Circuit on November 18.

Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell said: “Not only do Bcomp’s revolutionary natural fibre panels give us increased performance in terms of damping and stiffness, Bcomp have also assisted us in achieving a 20% weight saving compared to the road-going production version of this car. That is quite staggering.

“In addition to the performance characteristics these materials offer, we are also working with Bcomp to develop our secret weapon -  bespoke LED arrays within the fibre composite panels, so that the cars will have the capability to display key information to the watching crowd and viewers at home.

"From race numbers to race telemetry, energy levels and even biometric feedback from the drivers, the possibilities are endless and this is just the start of how we bring fans to the heart of the racing action.”

Christian Fischer, CEO at Bcomp said: “At Bcomp, we’re really excited about the global shift towards clean, sustainable mobility. Our goal is to contribute with our lightweight, high-performance renewable materials, and EGT offers the perfect platform to show to the world how the future mobility will look.

"When you meet like-minded people, things can go really fast. Just like us, Electric GT wants to explore the new opportunities of technology and push boundaries, which is how the idea of integrating LED arrays into our translucent body panels was born.”

“From our first contact with Mark and his colleagues at Electric GT, it was clear that both teams wanted to create something entirely new and different, that would completely change the game plan for racing. We cannot wait to see where this partnership takes us.”

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Electric GT star on CNN website

The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT Championship, He has starred in the CNN news website. The prestigious medium of communication has dedicated an illustrative video that shows the EGT Tesla and the CEO of Electric GT Championship, Mark Gemmell.

Click on this link to watch the video.

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CIRCUIT PAU-ARNOS SELECTED AS ELECTRIC GT HEADQUARTERS

The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emission GT series, is delighted to announce that its headquarters will be built at the Circuit Pau-Arnos, France.

A statement of sustainability, the new building will act as the principal hub for all test and development programmes both on and off the track, before the EGT Championship gets underway at the Circuit Paul Ricard on 25 November 2017.

The agreement was confirmed during today’s (27 April) announcement for the new ‘Pau ECircuit’ project, as the region looks to become an incubator for technology and clean energy.

The event also saw French legend and Formula 1 Grand Prix winner Jean-Pierre Jabouille, Le Mans winner Stéphane Ortelli and EGT Drivers’ Club member Olivier Lombard drive the raceprepared Tesla Model S around the 3 km circuit.

Selected journalists were also given the opportunity to experience the EGT V1.4 Tesla Model S P85, with the latest version, based on the P100D, currently under development.

To celebrate this important step forward, EGT have launched their exclusive Founders' Club, where Tesla and Electric Vehicle fans can join the team that makes this championship a reality.

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Electric GT - ViRdual Race gameplay trailer

A new reality is coming to your PC and Console. Soon you will find out how to become our Virdual champion, competing against official Electric GT race drivers. Follow us here and we'll keep you up to date as news comes out.

Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell said: “Gaming is also something we’ve been increasingly looking into, as we want the EGT Championship to not just be an event you can go and watch, but a series that anyone can get involved with. I’m very excited for the next few months.”

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WEBB AND KIMILÄINEN LATEST TO JOIN EVER-GROWING EGT DRIVERS’ CLUB

The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, is delighted to announce Oliver Webb and Emma Kimiläinen as the newest members of the EGT Drivers’ Club.

World Endurance Championship LMP1 racer Webb and touring car driver Kimiläinen form the 12th and 13th confirmed entrants for the inaugural EGT season, which will utilise the Tesla Model S P100D.

The duo join other EGT Drivers’ Club members; Stefan Wilson, Vicky Piria, Dani Clos, Leilani Munter, Tom Coronel, Alice Powell, Tom Onslow-Cole, Ricardo Teixeira, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Kevin Ceccon and Stephen Cox, in entering the ‘Age of Light’, using sustainable power to protect future generations.

Webb (@oliverjameswebb), 25, from Manchester, England, climbed the motorsports ladder to land himself an LMP1 drive in 2016 and continues to expand his horizons. The Brit enjoyed a successful junior career in single-seaters, beating Sauber F1 driver Felipe Nasr to finish third in the British Formula 3 Series, before turning to endurance racing. In his first season of prototype racing he won the European Le Mans Series and recorded a class podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Webb also won the highly regarded Dubai 24 Hours in 2015, which fellow EGT driver Onslow-Cole also competed in. Oliver Webb said: "I'm very excited to be part of such a new world of racing. I'm looking forward to my first run in the Tesla Model S P100D to experience what the future of GT racing could be.”

Kimiläinen (@emmakimilainen), 27, from Helsinki, was a consistent front-runner during her junior career in Finland, and was rewarded with a DTM test for Audi. She impressed during her year in Formula Palmer Audi, in which she finished fifth in the 2009 standings, before deciding to take a break from motorsport, during which she became a mother. Since 2014 Emma has continued to put in competitive performances in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, where she has taken multiple podiums and, alongside her racing, hosts Finnish TV and radio shows.

Emma Kimiläinen said: “The idea of combining racing with weekend-long festivals for technology and innovation for sustainability is really making this business and marketing-minded woman thrilled. I have waited to make a comeback to bigger European racing and think now is the right time. I can't wait to test the EGT Tesla S P100D on track.

"As a mother I think even more about what is left to the future generations. The world is changing and I'm delighted that the EGT is one of the front-runners of making the change in the motorsport industry. I’m fortunate to have experienced the progress of motor racing for over 25 years and I'm really honoured that I was invited to be a part of the ‘Age of Light’."

Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell added: ”It’s great to be bringing in two fantastic drivers in Emma and Oliver. Both share our vision of a more sustainable future and offer things that we consider to be very important in achieving our goal. We are now fast-approaching the 20 drivers and interest over the New Year continues to rise!”

On 12-15 January, the EGT Championship will be presented at the world-famous Autosport International and will be on show in the Live Action Arena. For more information on EGT’s involvement at the show, head over to www.autosportinternational.com.

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male andfemale, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas

EGT DRIVERS’ CLUB WELCOMES COX AS NEWEST MEMBER

The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, is delighted to welcome Stephen Cox into the EGT Drivers’ Club.

American racing veteran Cox has a vast amount of motorsports experience and is impressed by how forward thinking and innovative the Electric GT Championship is.

Cox becomes the 11th member of the Drivers’ Club, joining Stefan Wilson, Vicky Piria, Dani Clos, Leilani Munter, Tom Coronel, Alice Powell, Tom Onslow-Cole, Ricardo Teixeira, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Kevin Ceccon, with an eventual 20 drivers being chosen to race the all-new Tesla Model S P100D.

Born and raised in the heart of American racing, Indianapolis, Cox (@SopwithTV) has a number of race wins and championship titles across several disciplines and was made a Mitsubishi USA factory test driver. Alongside his racing, Cox is the CEO of Sopwtih Motorsport Television Productions, which provides motorsport programming from a number of national networks including NBC, Discovery and Fox Sports. He has also written several books and hosts numerous motorsportsrelated TV shows.

Stephen Cox said: "It's an honour to be invited to drive with a major international sports car series. The motor racing landscape is changing rapidly and Electric GT is at the front of the pack. They are bridging the gap between traditional motor racing and the future of the sport. The series’ leadership is strong and forward thinking. That’s what drew my attention in the first place.

"I was badly injured in an on-board racing fire last season. As a burn survivor, I'm really attracted to the concept of a racing car that does not rely on liquid fuels. The safety aspect of electric racing is tremendously important to me and a big step forward for the industry.

"I really appreciate Mark Gemmell and Agustin Paya bringing me on board, and want to witness the changes EGT brings to motorsport first hand. I’d like to help bring the series across the ocean and tap into the American market. I'm anxious to represent my personal sponsors, Impact Racing and Boschett Timepieces, internationally. This is an exciting time to be a racing driver."

Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell added: “I’m very happy to be welcoming Stephen to the EGT Drivers’ Club. He has experience in a range of series and has demonstrated his motorsport’s knowledge in the work he has done off the track. He is extremely passionate about the series, which is excellent, and I really look forward to working with him.”

On 12-15 January, the EGT Championship will be presented at the world-famous Autosport International and will be on show in the Live Action Arena. For more information on EGT’s involvement at the show, head over to www.autosportinternational.com.

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.

EGT TESLA P100DL 2.0 PERFORMANCE DATA HIGHLIGHTED IN NEW VIDEO

The latest video from the Electric GT (EGT) Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, provides a detailed look at the car selected for the inaugural season, the EGT Tesla V2.0.

Based on the P100DL, the race-prepared car is capable of doing 0-100 km/h in 2.1 seconds, three-tenths quicker than the production version. Pirelli’s P Zero slick and wet tyres have been specially engineered to deal with the impressive 778 bhp (585 kW) and 995 Nm torque produced by the P100DL 2.0.

The 100 kWh Lithium-ion battery is the largest in motorsport, allowing it to travel around 90 km on a single charge at racing speed. With 500kg shed and increased downforce, resulting from the front splitter and rear-wing, EGT’s P100DL has better grip through the corners.

Double steel wishbone pushrod operated suspension and dual circuit, single pedal hydraulic race brakes have also been added to further improve cornering speeds. The EGT Tesla P100DL 2.0 is in the final stages of development and will continue to go through tests ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell said: “Our V2.0 is really taking shape and the performance data is quite incredible. A lot of people have been impressed by what they’ve seen so far, I don’t think everyone expected these kind of statistic from an electric car! Over the coming weeks we will continue to develop the car ahead of the first season, which will get underway in the second half of the year, these are very exciting times.”

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ELECTRIC GT ANNOUNCES TESLA P100D FOR V2.0 RACER

The Electric GT (EGT) Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT series is excited to announce the use of Tesla’s brand-new, top-of-the-range model – the P100D – as its V2.0 racer Hitting 60mph in 2.4 seconds from a standstill, the Tesla Model S P100D is the world’s fastest-accelerating production car – giving Ferrari LaFerrari performance levels from a family saloon.

Acceleration, handling and grip will improve even further when an additional 500kg are shed, and racing brakes, suspension and Pirelli slick tyres are fitted to the P100D. The 85kWh battery pack has also been upgraded in the new model to 100kWh, improving its already impressive driving range.

The V2.0 design is complete and EGT will now work with official partners OMP and Pirelli to race-prepare the P100D, as they move us towards the Age of Light.

Electric GT Championship CEO, Mark Gemmell, said: “The Electric GT V2.0 design is the fastest way towards the ‘Age of Light’. I am very excited to be using the Tesla Model S P100D as it is incredibly quick and innovative. This week we opened the subscription period for teams and the new car announcement is an exciting prospect for those who want to join us.”

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.

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BLEEKEMOLEN AND CECCON BRING CLASS TO EGT DRIVERS’ CLUB

The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, is delighted to welcome Jeroen Bleekemolen and Kevin Ceccon into the EGT Drivers’ Club.

Sportscar racing ace Bleekemolen and GP2 graduate Ceccon are firm supporters of the series’ core values of integrity and environmental responsibility and bring a combined 25 years of professional expertise to the championship, which will launch in 2017.

They join Stefan Wilson, Vicky Piria, Dani Clos, Leilani Munter, Tom Coronel, Alice Powell, Tom Onslow-Cole and Ricardo Teixeira in the ever-growing EGT Drivers’ Club, from which an eventual 20 drivers will be chosen to race the all-new Tesla Model S P100D.

Bleekemolen (@jbleekemolen), 35, from Heemstede in the Netherlands, is one of the busiest racing drivers on the planet, having competed six 24 hour races on three continents in 2016. The decorated Dutchman’s stellar record includes victories in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Le Mans 24 Hours, Petit Le Mans, Sebring 12 Hours, back-to-back Porsche Supercup championships and the 2013 American Le Mans Series GTC title. Bleekemolen represented Opel in the DTM for two years, and also raced single-seaters with distinction, winning two rounds of the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport. He becomes the second Dutchman to join the series after Coronel, reuniting the pair for the first time since they shared a GT2 Spyker at Le Mans in 2010.

Bleekemolen said: “Since I first heard about the EGT championship, I followed it closely. It is a very exciting opportunity for a racing driver to be involved in. Electric racing is going to be big and I can't wait to get some seat time in the EGT car.”

Ceccon (@KevinCeccon), 23, from Clusone, Italy, is a highly-rated single-seater graduate, born just an hour’s drive to the east of Monza. A champion of the Auto GP series in 2011, beating future F1 driver Rio Haryanto, Ceccon won twice in three seasons of GP3 and earned an opportunity to test with Toro Rosso at Abu Dhabi in 2011.

Ceccon said: “I'm really happy to be part of the EGT Drivers’ Club, I look forward to joining the series and seeing how it develops. I’m excited to drive the Tesla and hopefully will have the chance to test it soon. From my point of view electric cars are the future, so let's start with the Age of Light!”

Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell added: “I am delighted to welcome Jeroen and Kevin to the Electric GT Drivers’ Club. They both come with excellent CVs and will be a real asset to the championship as we build towards the start of the championship in 2017.”

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.

CHANDHOK PRAISES TESLA MODEL S AFTER ELECTRIC GT TEST

Former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok was hugely impressed with the race-prepared Tesla Model S that will contest the new Electric GT Championship in 2017, after testing the car at Circuit Calafat last week.

Chandhok has vast experience across a range of disciplines and in 2010 became only the second Indian driver ever to race in Formula 1, where he contested 11 Grand Prix with HRT and Caterham.

Having also raced in the FIA Formula E Championship, 32-year-old Chandhok is no stranger to driving all-electric vehicles and has been interested in EGT since its  announcement, supporting the series’ values of working towards a more sustainable future.

The EGT Championship, the first 100 per cent zero-emissions championship, was at the Circuit Calafat testing a number of development parts and preparing for Autosport International next month (January 12-15, 2017).

Chandhok said: "I was glad to take up Electric GT's invitation to come and drive the car that the team are working on ahead of their first season in 2017. As a Racing driver, you're always curious to test new and different machines and driving a raceprepared Tesla was clearly something I was keen to try.

“The car handles remarkably well and is very balanced despite being in the early stages of development. I'd be interested to see what it's like when they get the P100- based version 2.0 up and running next year, as that should have a lot more power.

Mark, Agustin and their team have great ambitions for the series and I look forward to seeing how the project develops over the next six months!"

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.

 

ELECTRIC GT’S AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL RECAP

It was an enjoyable debut at the Autosport Show for the Electric GT (EGT) Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, as exclusive announcements were made and the race-prepared Tesla Model S starred in front of a fervent audience for the first time.

The car performed in 13 Live Action Arena shows with Olivier Lombard, Ricardo Teixeira and EGT technical director Agustin Payá, at the wheel across the four days. After his first outing in the car, former LMP2 driver Lombard was announced as the newest Drivers’ Club member alongside GT driver George Richardson from Great Britain, taking the total number of confirmed racers for the inaugural EGT season to 15.

Exhibiting at stand 6250, opposite tyre partners Pirelli, an incredible 1000 fans were treated to a 4D virtual reality experience of a lap in the passenger’s seat of the Tesla Model S which will contest the EGT Championship.

Detailed performance data for the EGT Tesla V2.0, based on the P100DL, was revealed for the first time. 500kgs will be removed from the production model, meaning the modified car is capable of doing 0-100 km/h in 2.1 seconds. It will produce 778 BHP and 995 Nm of torque.

Also announced was the concept of running e-races alongside the actual event. Gaming will play a crucial part in EGT’s global racing experience, with drivers from around the world coming along to rounds where they can compete for the ultímate prize of getting behind the wheel of a race-prepared Tesla Model S.

Moreover, the show was a chance for EGT to gain business contacts during the trade days, with the possibility of arranging Asian races discussed at the event. Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell said: “It was a fantastic event for us to be able to debut our car and talk to everyone interested out there. Firstly, it’s great to have Oliver Lombard and George Richardson on-board with us and we were delighted with how much support they’ve given the series.

“We felt it was a good opportunity to also exclusively reveal the performance data for the EGT V2.0 based on the P100DL, there’s some really amazing stats in there and I think quite a few people were surprised when they saw them!

“Gaming is also something we’ve been increasingly looking into, as we want the EGT Championship to not just be an event you can go and watch, but a series that anyone can get involved with. I’m very excited for the next few months.”

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EGT’S TESLA MODEL S STARS IN AUTOSPORT SHOW’S LIVE ACTION ARENA

The race-prepared Tesla Model S, which is set to contest the Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, was demonstrated for the first time in front of enthusiastic crowds in Autosport International’s Live Action Arena.

The annual Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC Arena is a popular fixture on the motorsport calendar and gave prominent billing to the EGT Championship’s Tesla Model S in the Live Action Arena, where it became the first electric-powered race car to participate.

The championship, which aims to create a sustainable future to protect the next generations, is exhibiting at stand 6250 opposite tyre partners Pirelli, and will star in several Live Action Arena performances until the show’s close on Sunday (15 January).

2011 LMP2 Le Mans 24 Hours winner and EGT Drivers’ Club’s newest member Olivier Lombard was at the wheel of the Model S in Thursday’s performance, giving fans a taster of what they can expect from the 778 bhp (585kW) electric motor.

“Driving the EGT Model S was a lot of fun and it’s awesome to see what the future of GT racing looks like,” said Lombard. “It was a fantastic spectacle for those who watched and with several more performances over the next few days, it’s one the fans certainly don’t want to miss.

“I’d like to thank Mark [Gemmell] and the rest of the EGT crew for inviting me along and giving me such a great experience. I’m very excited to be a part of their Drivers’ Club, which is continuing to grow and already has a number of great names.”

Lombard will again drive the car in Friday’s Live Action Arena performances, with EGT technical director Agustin Payá and Drivers’ Club member Ricardo Teixeira in the cockpit on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell added: “The first Live Action Arena performance, in which our EGT Tesla Model S performed, went very well. Olivier put on an excellent show and we have enjoyed working with such a brilliant driver. I’m delighted to have him as the newest member of our Drivers’ Club.

“The next few days will see more of these performances, with some other drivers taking part including Agustin [Payá] and Ricardo [Teixeira]. It has also been great to see the amount of interest from everyone at the Autosport Show and the staff have been very welcoming.”

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.

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ELECTRIC GT TO FEATURE AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL

The Electric GT (EGT) Championship is delighted to confirm its presence at Autosport International (January 12-15, 2017), to showcase the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT series.

Europe’s largest motorsport show, held at the NEC in Birmingham, England, features some of the most innovative technologies in the industry, making it the perfect stage for the EGT championship and the Age of Light.

The revolutionary Tesla Model S, which is being race-prepared for the inaugural EGT season in 2017, will be on show as well as in action in the Live Action Arena during the show.

With eight of the EGT Drivers’ Club already announced, a number of the new “Electric Heroes” will be presented at stand 6250, opposite the display from EGT tyre partner Pirelli.

Visitors will also receive an exclusive first glimpse of the 2017 EGT calendar, and get the inside line on star drivers and ambassador announcements plus more breaking news.

Electric GT Championship CEO, Mark Gemmell said: “Autosport International is the key off-season event for the motorsport industry, so it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to present the innovative Electric GT Championship. We believe that by being there, we will be able to push the automotive world forwards, towards a new future – the Age of Light.”

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. With DHL as its logistics partner, EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.

FRENTZEN IMPRESSED AFTER DRIVING ELECTRIC GT TESLA MODEL S

Former Formula 1 star Heinz-Harald Frentzen made his return to the cockpit to test the Tesla Model S EGT - the car that is being developed for the Electric GT Championship – at the Circuit Paul Ricard this week.

LE CASTELLET (France). Frentzen began his glittering motorsports career as part of the Mercedes junior team in the World Sportscar Championship before graduating to Formula 1, where he accumulated two pole positions, three wins and 18 podiums. The German finished runner-up in the World Drivers’ Championship in 1997 with Williams and a highly impressive third in the 1999 for Jordan, before concluding his top-flight career in 2003 and switching to the DTM.

The EGT Championship, which is the first 100 per cent zero emissions GT championship, was at the Le Castellet circuit to test the bespoke Pirelli tyres when Frentzen made contact. A total of 40 laps were completed during the day, with Frentzen in the driving seat for seven of those. The German was very impressed with the direction of the series and gave his full support.

"As a long time owner of this manufacturer it was great fun to drive one of the first race-prepared Teslas,” said Frentzen. “It was a fantastic opportunity to experience the potential of E-racing performance cars. Mark [Gemmell, CEO] and his EGT team are definitely heading in the right direction."

The test showed a lot of promise, with the series’ organisers able to better understand the tyres, as well as get an idea of how the car itself will perform following the feedback from Frentzen.

“We were glad to have Heinz-Harald come to the track,” Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell said during the presentation of the race car at the Sportel TV fair in Monaco. “Other than the fact he’s a supremely talented driver, he is a fan of Teslas and owns two cars himself, which is great. We were able to meet up and talk him through the championship, before arranging a test drive for him later in the day. He gave us some great feedback.”

The Electric GT Championship is set to get underway in 2017, with Stefan Wilson, Vittoria Piria, Dani Clos and Lellani Münter already confirmed as part of the Drivers’ Selection Club.

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ONSLOW-COLE AND TEIXEIRA JOIN ELECTRIC GT DRIVERS’ CLUB

The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, is delighted to confirm Tom Onslow-Cole and Ricardo Teixeira as the latest members of the quickly-expanding EGT Drivers’ Club.

Front-running international GT racer Onslow-Cole and former Team Lotus Formula 1 test and reserve driver Teixeira take the number of confirmed entrants for the inaugural EGT Season in 2017, which utilises the Tesla Model S, to eight.

The pair join Stefan Wilson, Vicky Piria, Dani Clos, Leilani Münter, Tom Coronel and Alice Powell in entering the ‘Age of Light’, using alternative power sources to protect future generations.

Onslow-Cole (@tomonslowcole), 29, from London, England, has enjoyed a great deal of success in both touring car and GT racing over the past decade. After winning the domestic Renault Clio Cup, he contested the British Touring Car Championship and collected seven wins and 36 podiums. Since switching to GT racing, he claimed the 24H Series GT3 crown in 2015 and has added several high-profile endurance Racing victories in the series to his CV this year.

Onslow-Cole said: “I’m really pleased to be involved in such an innovative step forward in GT racing, when I first saw the announcement I knew the Electric GT Championship was something I wanted to be involved with. Currently my career in GT racing is going from strength to strength, but I believe you should always be mindful of the future in order to keep powering forwards.“

Lisbon-born Teixeira (@teixeira_angola) holds dual Portuguese-Angolan nationality and became the first Angolan to drive a contemporary F1 car when he tested for Team Lotus in 2011. The 32-year-old also raced in British F3, GP2 and F2, collecting a number of impressive top-10 finishes in the latter championship. He currently provides expert race tuition in GT cars worldwide.

Teixeira said: “I am delighted to join the EGT Drivers’ Club and look forward to being a part of this fantastic championship. The EGT Tesla Model S looks awesome, and I’m ready to get behind the wheel. I feel proud to be here in the early stages of this and thrilled to enter the ‘Age of Light’.”

Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell added: “I am very pleased to welcome Tom and Ricardo into the Age of Light, as they are both great drivers with vast amounts of experience. Both possess impressive racing CVs and share our visión of looking towards a more sustainable future in motorsports. I look forward to working with them in developing this ever-expanding championship.

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Zandvoort, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three nonchampionship races in the Americas.

MÜNTER AND CLOS BOLSTER ELECTRIC GT CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS CLUB

Following the announcement of Stefan Wilson and Vicky Priria as the inaugural members of the Electric GT Championship Drivers Club, the world’s first 100 per cent zero emissions GT championship, today confirms Leilani Münter and Dani Clos will join them on the grid in 2017.

Combining a sustainable ethos with entertaining racing in the fastest road-going electric vehicle on the market today, the Tesla Model S, the Electric GT Championship is an attractive proposition for professional drivers looking to make the next step in their careers and contribute their expertise to spreading awareness of our generation’s environmental responsibility.

A graduate of biology from the University of California and well-known environmental campaigner, Leilani Münter (@LeilaniMunter) is a natural fit with the values of the EGT championship. A regular in the high-speed ARCA stock car series, which races at conic venues including the Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, Münter has given publicity to important environmental causes through her passion for racing and uses a Tesla as her everyday road car. Münter was also featured alongside Tesla CEO Elon Musk in the Emmy-nominated film Racing Extinction, in which she drives a highly modified Tesla Model S. The American joins Priria in becoming the second female e-driver in the championship and the first to hail from the Americas.

27-year-old Dani Clos (@daniclos) will bring a touch of Iberian class to the EGT championship on his return to competition. The former Williams F1 and HRT test pilot is a proven winner in GP2, finishing fourth overall in 2010 behind three drivers who would all advance to Formula 1. Clos has since gone on to become a mentor in the GT Academy ‘gamers to racers’ programme and is the star of his own YouTube series.

Electric GT Championship CEO, Mark Gemmell said: “We are delighted to welcome Leilani and Dani into our EGT Drivers Club for the beginning of our revolutionary championship. Both enjoy a substantial profile on social media, which is crucial for projecting the values of our series to a modern audience, but most importantly they have talent in spades and we are sure they will have the chance to showcase that aboard our Tesla Model S EGT.”

Agustín Payá, Electric GT Championship Technical & Sports Director: "I know Dani very well and every team owner should know he is perfectly capable of winning the first electric GT championship. I haven't met Leilani yet but I look forward to working with her. It is fantastic to have Dani and Leilani with us for the start of the Age of Light and our new journey into the future of electric-powered motorsport."

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for ten professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. The championship will race at seven permanent European circuits including the Nurburgring (Germany), Circuit Paul Ricard (France) and Circuit de CatalunyaBarcelona (Spain), as well as competing at three non-championship race events in the Americas.

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MAGNUM CAP ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL CHARGING PARTNER FOR EGT

The Electric GT (EGT) Championship, the world’s first 100% zeroemissions GT championship, are delighted to announce MAGNUM CAP as their official provider of charging systems.

Founded in 2009, MAGNUM CAP shares Electric GT’s philosophy and vision of utilising clean energy to help improve the lives of future generations. MAGNUM CAP is one of the world leaders in the manufacturing of charging units and will be developing a brand new, state of the art system, which specificallyfocuses on reliability and efficiency for the EGT Championship.

There will be 20 CHAdeMO-standard fast charger DC units, which will provide around 55 kW/h of power to each EGT race-prepared Tesla Model S P100D for season one.

MAGNUM CAP currently has installed equipment in 17 countries and the partnership with EGT further enhances both as global icons for sustainability. MAGNUM CAP CEO José Henriques said: “This partnership is very important to MAGNUM CAP as it is totally aligned with the company’s vision; to make the world a better place by having clean, efficient energy, which is renewable. The Electric GT Championship will accelerate the world’s transition to sustainability, in particular the adoption of renewable energy in transportation. As an EGT partner, MAGNUM CAP will prove their state of the art, fast-charging technologies at the highest level”.

Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell added: “I’m very pleased to have MAGNUM CAP on board with us for season one. They have a lot of innovative ideas and experience, which I’m really looking forward to ahead of our inaugural campaign.

“Over the coming days we will also be announcing our electricity supplier. Everything’s beginning to fit in place, and now I’m just excited to get going later this year!”

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PRÉMAT AND REIP BRING EXPERIENCE AND PASSION TO EGT

The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT Championship, is thrilled to announce Alexandre Prémat and Wolfgang Reip as the newest members of the EGT Drivers’ Club.

The duo, both of whom are former international endurance racing champions, come from very different motorsport backgrounds, but share EGT’s core beliefs in using alternative fuel sources to help protect future generations.

Prémat and Reip are the 16th and 17th members of the Drivers’ Club, joining racers such as Tom Coronel, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Oliver Webb, Tom Onslow-Cole, Olivier Lombard and Emma Kimilainen in entering the ‘Age of Light’.

Prémat, 34, from Juvisy-sur-Orge in France, has 17 years of motor racing behind him. A stellar single-seater career included beating Lewis Hamilton and NicoRosberg to win the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in 2004, a dominant A1 GP crown for Team France in 2005/06, and a stint as test driver for the Spyker Formula 1 team.

A switch to sportscars was even more successful as he claimed the European Le Mans Series crown with Audi in 2008 and then moved to the DTM. Since 2012 he has competed in Australia’s Supercar Championship, winning the Enduro Cup last year, and recently signed a long-term deal with Team Penske. He has also been involved of the development of Formula E and Formulec electric racing cars.

Prémat said: "I’m thrilled to be racing the Electric GT Championship in 2017. Being a part of this exclusive project is perfect for me. I have a strong knowledge of electric racing cars after previously working with a number of companies to develop their vehicles. EGT is a very exciting championship and I can’t wait to be behind the wheel of their race-prepared Tesla Model S."

Reip, 30, from La Hulpe in Belgium, emerged from the GT Academy, beating 830,000 online racers to land a factory drive with Nissan in 2012. In his first full season he achieved multiple podiums in the Blancpain Endurance Series, World Endurance Championship and FIA GT. Reip quickly established himself as a top driver, winning the Blancpain Endurance title and the Bathurst 12 Hours in 2015. The Belgian is also passionate about finding alternatives to fuel and drove the Le Mans 24 Hours’ first fully-electric lap 2014, posting a time quicker than the GTE cars.

Reip said: “My two biggest passions are racing and looking at renewable alternatives to petrol, so I knew instantly that I wanted to be a part of the incredible EGT Championship. The organisers are ambitious and forward-thinking, so I believe the series will be very exciting, with races on the best European tracks.

“I can’t wait to get behind the wheel because I’ve seen how quick the Tesla Model S is and how well it handles! After completing the first fully-electric lap at Le Mans, I look forward to take part in the inaugural zero-emissions GT championship!”

Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell said: “It’s great to have both Wolfgang and Alexandre on board, as they both share our values of environmental integrity. Wolfgang’s interest in alternative fuel usage, combined with his natural Racing talent, makes him the perfect candidate for the EGT Championship. Alexandre has a huge amount of experience around some of the best drivers in the world and I can see him being one to watch in our first season!”

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CORONEL AND POWELL JOIN FAST-EXPANDING ELECTRIC GT DRIVERS’ CLUB

The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero emissions GT championship, is delighted to confirm Tom Coronel and Alice Powell as the latest members of the fast-expanding EGT Drivers’ Club.

Following a successful test conducted at the Circuit Paul Ricard by former Formula 1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen, multiple WTCC racer Coronel and GP3 alumni Powell have expressed their interest in joining the revolutionary ‘Age of Light’, utilising alternative power sources to protect future generations. They join Stefan Wilson, Vicky Priria, Dani Clos and Leilani Münter in the rapidly-growing Drivers’ Club that will form the grid for the inaugural season in 2017.

44-year-old Coronel (@TomCoronel) from Naarden, Holland, is a touring car and GT racing veteran. The winner of the 1997 Zandvoort F3 Masters – beating the likes of Mark Webber, Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin – the Dutchman went on to enjoy huge success in Japan and racked up ten starts at the Le Mans 24 Hours, before switching to the World Touring Car Championship in 2005. In his eleven years in the category, all of them as an independent, Coronel has won six times and built up an impressive fan-base of over 215,000 Twitter followers, a total that puts many current Formula 1 drivers to shame.

Having been impressed after testing an electric-powered Lotus at Zandvoort, Coronel was inspired to pursue his interest further and will command enormous local support when the EGT championship visits Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

“The Electric GT Series is a very interesting project and one that I’m excited to be a part of in these early stages,” said Coronel. “If you look around the world of motorsport it’s all heading towards this kind of racing, Formula E has already proven how successful it can be and even in F1 they’ve recently introduced the hybrid system.”

23-year-old Powell (@alicepowell) from Oxford, England, will reprise her rivalry with Priria from the 2012 GP3 championship in EGT. The first female to score a point in the F1-support series at Monza, Powell launched her career by winning the 2010 Formula Renault 2.0 BARC championship. Also a proficient hockey player, Powell will be competing with a roof over her head for only the second time in her career, after contesting a part-season in the Ginetta G50 championship.

“I am really looking forward to be joining the Electric GT Drivers’ Club,” said Powell. “Electric racing is rapidly growing and to be part of the world first 100% zero emissions GT championship is very exciting. The series has a bright future and fantastic plan as it enters The Age of Light.”

Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell added: “Both Tom and Alice are both worthy additions to the EGT Driver’s Club and demonstrate our ambition to ensure that our visionary plans for sustainable forms of motorsport will be visible to the widest possible audience. Their track records across a range of disciplines will make them strong assets to the Electric GT Championship and we look forward to seeing them on the grid in 2017.”

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for ten professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Zandvoort, Brands Hatch, Mugello, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.

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WILSON AND PIRIA BECOME ELECTRIC GT DRIVER’S SELECTION CLUB INAUGURAL MEMBERS

The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100 per cent zero emissions GT championship, today confirms Stefan Wilson and Vittoria ‘Vicky’ Piria as the inaugural members of the EGT Driver’s Selection Club.

First announced in April 2016, the Electric GT Driver’s Selection Club is a prestigious selection of professional drivers with backgrounds at the highest level of international motorsports, who support and project the values of sustainability on which the championship is based. These “Electric Heroes”, admitted for their courage, outstanding achievements and noble qualities, will play an important part in accelerating towards a new era, "The Age of Light" when the series gets underway in 2017.

The Driver’s Club will consist of 20 male and female racers competing in identical raceprepared EGT Teslas, based on the fastest zero-emissions production car in the world, he Model S P85+. The rear-wheel drive EGT race car is fully equipped with the most advanced competition safety systems available today, developed by OMP, as well as high performance tires exclusively manufactured for EGT by world leading brand Pirelli.

GP3 graduate Piria, aged 22 from Italy, and Indy 500 starter Wilson, an advocate of solar energy usage and former winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, aged 26 from the UK, are both excellent additions to the EGT series and will be joined by further exciting names to be announced in due course.

Mark Gemmell, Electric GT Championship CEO, said: “We are delighted to announce Stefan and Vicky as the first members of the Electric GT Driver’s Selection Club. It means a lot to us to allow professional racing drivers to join our quest to promote sustainable transport with our innovative zero emissions GT championship, so to have such talented and distinguished pilots on board from the very start is a very positive step.”

Agustín Payá, Electric GT Championship ESVP, added: “We are happy to have Stefan and Vicky on board as our first EGT drivers. Both have proven themselves extremely capable in other forms of racing and we look forward to seeing them get the best out of the EGT Tesla Model S, which has completed extensive testing already.”

The championship will race at seven permanent European circuits including the Nurburgring (Germany), Circuit Paul Ricard (France) and Circuit de BarcelonaCatalunya (Spain), as well as competing at three non-championship race events in the Americas.

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ELECTRIC GT CHAMPIONSHIP ENJOYS SUCCESSFUL TEST DAYS

The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, enjoyed a successful three days of testing recently, with the Tesla Model S racking up an impressive 520 kilometres of running.

Ninety-three laps were completed at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Circuit Paul Ricard, with the bespoke Pirelli tyres, developed for the inaugural 2017 campaign, performing excellently on the race-prepared Tesla.

The tests focused on how the Pirelli P Zero tyres behaved with different pressures and how they reacted to the impressive amount of torque that the Tesla produces.

They also gave a chance to run the car with numerous mandatory components, including: OMP safety equipment, roll cage, new cooling system, carbon-fibre adjustable spoiler and panels, and full carbon splitter added.

“I am very pleased with the behaviour of the P Zero tyres in these early stages of development,” Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell said. “After analysing he data, it supported the race simulations that we had predicted prior to these tests. We also were able to run some regulation parts that have been fitted and we are happy with the performance this has brought.”

During the first day in Spain, 70km were completed on just a single battery allowing Pirelli to collect crucial data to aid tyre development. Guillaume Meura and EGT’s Agustin Payá shared duties behind the wheel.

Grand prix winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen joined them 10 days later at Paul Ricard and was impressed with the performance and reliability of the car and tyres. Meura and Payá also drove as 87km were completed on a single battery.

“Everyone has been impressed by the early performance of the Tesla Model S,” Electric GT Championship Technical & Sports Director Agustin Payá said. “I completed 37 laps in the car and it felt excellent out on track. We encountered no issues throughout the three days and the reliability is very impressive. The tyre degradation was exactly as we expected it to be and now we are looking forward to some more testing at the end of November.”

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for ten professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Zandvoort, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three nonchampionship races in the Americas.

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ELECTRIC GT CHAMPIONSHIP TO LAUNCH IN IBIZA ON SEPTEMBER 27

The world premiere of the Electric GT (EGT) Championship, the first 100% zero emissions GT championship, will take place on the vibrant island of Ibiza on September 27th 2016.

Ibiza’s well-founded reputation for energy, excitement, optimism and fun are values that are also at the core of the visionary Electric GT Championship, making it the perfect location to commence the Age of Light.

Guests are invited to attend the launch of the EGT Championship, targeted at combining exciting racing with a sustainable alternative to existing modes of transport, where their revolutionary Tesla Model S EGT race car is unveiled to the world’s media.

EGT will complete public demonstration runs beside the Ibiza Marina, followed by a tour around the Ibiza town waterfront. The launch event will conclude at Heart Ibiza, where EGT are delighted to partner with OneDrop, a charity working to provide sustainable access to safe water where it is most desperately needed in the developing world. To raise funds for this vital cause, EGT will participate in their charity auction donating several items including a unique EGT experience at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.

The EGT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for ten professional teams in identical Tesla Model S EGT machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. The series will host seven championship rounds at permanent European circuits including the Nürburgring (Germany) and Circuit de Catalunya (Spain), as well as other nonchampionship events in the Americas.

Electric GT Championship CEO, Mark Gemmell said: “The launch of the EGT Championship is the start of a shift in the way motorsport is perceived and inspires us towards our fantastic, sustainable future. We’re really excited to launch our EGT race car and look forward to welcoming invited guests and world media to see it in action for the first time.

“Our huge thanks go to the Ibiza town mayor and council, the Ibiza Port Authorities, Heart Ibiza and OneDrop for their help in organising the event and to our partners Pirelli, DHL, OMP, Alkamel and Baker & McKenzie for their support in the early stages of our project.”

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ELECTRIC GT CHAMPIONSHIP CONFIRMS OMP AS OFFICIAL SAFETY PARTNER

Electric GT (EGT) Championship, the first ever 100% zero emissions GT championship, today confirms that OMP will become the series’ official supplier of safety equipment.

OMP is a world-leading brand in the design and production of high-quality motorsport  accessories and has over 40 years of experience across all fields from Formula One to IndyCar, touring cars and rallying. Their extensive range of products including: overalls, race seats, roll-cages, seatbelts, shoes and fire extinguishers, have been honed and developed by the very best names in the sport, such as Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Sébastien Ogier.

The pioneers of the world’s smallest fire extinguisher, OMP becomes the second key partner of the EGT Championship, which will commence in 2017 with 20 identical raceprepared Tesla Model S version P85+ cars running on Pirelli tyres.

The series aims to combine exciting racing with an environmentally friendly ethos. The EGT Championship will travel to seven permanent European circuits including the Nürburgring (Germany), Circuit Paul Ricard (France) and Circuit de BarcelonaCatalunya (Spain), as well as hosting three non-championship race events in the Americas.

Electric GT Championship CEO, Mark Gemmell said: “We are delighted to announce OMP as the official supplier of safety equipment to the EGT championship. “Motorsport will always have an element of risk involved, so it was important for us to have a trusted partner with a first-rate track record in safety. OMP have proven themselves an industry-leader in this regard over the last 40 years and their unending pursuit of innovation and quality makes them an excellent fit for our ground-breaking new series.”

CEO of OMP, Paolo Delprato said: “OMP is an historic brand in motorsport, but our look is constantly towards the future. Tesla is an innovative, new and dynamic player in the automobile world, and our partnership with the first ever all electric GT series perfectly matches our philosophy. It’s an exciting adventure for us, and we can’t wait for it to begin.”

The first race spec Tesla is presently in the final stages of development and will start an extensive test programme in the coming weeks

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ELECTRIC GT CHAMPIONSHIP CONFIRMS PIRELLI AS EXCLUSIVE TYRE SUPPLIER

Electric GT (EGT) Championship, the first ever 100 per cent zero emissions GT championship, confirms a technical partnership with Pirelli to develop its race tyres for the series.

This will be the first time that both slick and wet tyre compounds are supplied specifically for electric race cars. Pirelli will become a key technology partner for the EGT Championship, with the 20 identical race-prepared Tesla Model S version P85+ cars set to get going in 2017.

The series aims to create exciting racing while being environmentally friendly. The EGT Championship will travel to seven permanent European circuits including the Nurburgring (Germany), Circuit Paul Ricard (France) and Donington Park (UK), as well as hosting three non-championship race events in the Americas.

As a world leader in sustainability for manufacturing, Pirelli’s agreement with the EGT Championship is paramount in ensuring that the series and its machines meet efficiency and safety requirements as well as achieving high performance.

Mark Gemmell, Electric GT Championship CEO, said: “We are very proud to welcome Pirelli on board, supporting our ground-breaking championship. “We are looking forward to a close and innovative relationship with the world leader in ultra high-performance tyres, both for the road and in motorsport. These are exciting times and I cannot wait for testing to start in earnest.

“This is our first major partner announcement and we are currently in discussions with other exciting key companies which we hope to confirm within the coming weeks.” Paul Hembrey, Pirelli motorsport director, said: “We are delighted to join the Electric GT Championship, which underlines our commitment to both sustainability and performance in an innovative context. We already supply Tesla with original equipment for its latest model and it’s exciting to see a new manufacturer brand represented in motorsport, through the launch of a completely new championship.”

Pirelli will supply dedicated P Zero competition tyres to the new series, directly derived from the Italian firm’s know-how and experience in GT racing. These tyres will have to perform within a different range of parameters compared to more ‘conventional’ Racing cars, because of the unique torque characteristics of electric vehicles. The first race spec Tesla Model S has now entered the final stages of development and will start an extensive test programme within the next few weeks.

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Tesla Model S chosen for first season Electric GT World series

Electric GT World Series, the first ever 100% zero emissions super car GT championship, has chosen the Tesla Motors Model S version P85+ as base model for the 10 teams that will compete during the first season starting 2017.

“It is the best zero emissions car on the road capable of racing on world class circuits in the GT category. In its production version it accelerates faster and provides better lap times tan many combustion GT cars.” Says engineer and motor sport driver, Agustín Payá, Technical Director for Electric GT Holdings, owner and promoter of the championship.

The Tesla model S in its most powerful version is capable of accelerating 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds.

“We chose the Tesla model S simply because it is one of the best cars ever made, and certainly one of the best 100% electric cars. We are convinced that sharing its impressive circuit racing potential will help to inspire many people about sustainable transport”.

“Although it is a luxurious super tourer it seems to be made for racing. Its weight distribution and astonishing low center of gravity, despite its considerable mass (more than 2 tons unmodified) allows unbelievable cornering speed, not forgetting its unending torque, which all add up to a great racing car”. Continues Agustin Payá passionately.

The version chosen as base model for Electric GT is the Model S P85 and P85+. Although Tesla has more powerful versions on the market with 4WD, the Electric GT Technical Director explains that for the best race circuit action rear wheel drive is even more spectacular and entertaining.

“The model S is destined to become a GT champion. The fun of the Electric GT category is that we are going to watch commercially available models you can see on the streets Racing on circuits around the world. That is the idea, it is our mission to promote sustainable mobility.”

“We chose the Tesla Model S as it is a fantastic 100% electric high performance vehicle in mass production for the World market, but we encourage and welcome every car maker to join the Electric GT World Series”

Some manufacturers are already announcing the design and possible production of zero emissions 100% electric supercars capable of competing with the Tesla Model S. For example the Mercedes­Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive, Citroën with its Electric GT concept, Aston Martin, Porsche, Rimac, Nissan, Audi...

“It will be fantastic to see other electric supercar manufacturers join the Electric GT World Series”

“The 10 teams and 20 cars that race in the first reason will be identical and similar to the street version. With 416 bhp and 443 lb.ft/601 N.m torque there is no need to add anything to the motor.”

“In terms of safety the production car is top of the list with its 5­star Euro NCAP rating and 5 stars in every NHTSA subcategory, including frontal impact, side impact, and rollover. We will additionally make changes to comply with FIA special safety regulations such as the roll cage.”

“For this we count on one of the best world class race preparation teams. We are making only small changes to the production Model S P85+ such as improved braking and aerodynamics to increase high speed grip. We will strengthen suspension, braking, cooling, and steering as well as reducing the overall weight. The rest, powertrain, battery, programming, everything is original.”

“We have been testing the car already on the Barcelona Catalunya F1 Circuit as well as the legendary Madrid Jarama circuit, both of which are being used as test and operations enters”.

The car’s handling is sensational. No one could imagine that the production version of this 100% electric car would be capable of handling the circuit so well and go so fast and so far. Soon we will see it as an EGT car. The magic of the electric vehicle has linked it to performance and speed from the beginning. Back in 1899 the 100% electric car known as “Jamais content” broke the 100km/h barrier for the first time in history. Now once again electric vehicles will take their place in technology innovation supporting sustainable development.

The Electric GT World Series starts in Europe before progressing initially to America and then Asia. All races are held on world class circuits. In the European Season dates are being agreed for Barcelona­Catalunya, Donnigton Park, Mugello, Nurburgring, Assen, Estoril and Madrid Jarama. In future press releases we will confirm the final Electric GT calendar as well as the location of the pre­race presentation.

“It all started with our desire to accelerate the change to sustainable mobility that will allow us to finally end the fossil fuel age.” Says Mark Gemmell Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Electric GT Holdings.

“The Electric GT Executive team ­ of whom I am extremely proud and wish to publicly thank for their hard work and dedication ­ all share with me the firm belief that it is about time we let everybody know there is a way out of the fossil fuel economy.”

Not satisfied with simply promoting electric zero emission mobility in the media and public spheres Mark Gemmell and Agustín Payá decided to take things to another level in order to reach more and more people around the world with their message.

“What promoters of Formula e are doing to spread the word about sustainable mobility is just fantastic. It was at the Montecarlo e Prix last year that we decided to move beyond the exhibitions we where planning and to investigate seriously the possibility of creating a new zero emissions motorsport category using production cars.” continues Mark Gemmell.

“My admiration and respect for Elon Musk and everything that Tesla Motors does for the development of sustainable mobility drove me to consider the possibility of creating a championship with the Model S as a promotional platform for technology innovation, sustainable development and fossil fuel divestment. But it was when Agustín and our technical team confirmed that the model S is more than suitable for GT racing that I decided to go global with a brand new motor sport category.”

Electric GT is linked to worldwide associations and foundations concerned with respiratory illness in order to provide them visibility in their endless fight to overcome the health damage resulting from burning fossil fuels in vehicles.

The first edition of the Electric GT 2017 World Series presents 10 teams, 20 drivers also known as “Electric Heroes”. Professional men and women drivers from every continent, and 20 EGT race cars all 100% electric zero emissions cars thanks to clean renewable energy sources.

Seven races per season. Every race will bring a weekend long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability in and around the circuit.

From the very beginning the championship is a global multimedia multidevice sustainable transport meeting hub. Everything is connected and communications flow continually.

“Technology allows everything to be connected, and that is what we want. This is much much more than a race, it is a permanent open dialogue for everybody that wants to participate. The fact is that, thanks to our technology and communications partners, the interaction with drivers, teams, officials , fans and media is going to be like nothing before”.

From today, right up to the presentation of the Electric GT race car and beyond, you can follow progress and news at electricgt.co and related social media accounts. Everyone can join the engineering preparations, meetings with drivers, circuit tests, and press conferences.

“It is not by chance that we have chosen the Iberian Peninsula as our base. In addition to its natural attractions both Portugal and Spain have a long history in motorsport with excellent circuits, drivers and engineers.”

“I want to express special thanks to the good people at Tesla Motors, the RFEDA (Royal Spanish Motorsport Federation), FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), the Barcelona ­ Catalunya circuit, and especially the Royal Automobile Club of Spain, RACE, and their legendary Jarama circuit for providing all their help in launching this project. I also want to thank publicly all the brands, partners, founders, and championship sponsors, as well as our partners and suppliers in renewable energy, technology, safety, engineering, logistics, tires and everyone else who has contributed in making Electric GT a reality.” Mark Gemmell, CEO, Electric GT Holdings.

With Electric GT we wish to contribute to the renaissance of motorsport racing on circuits with high performance, low environmental noise race cars, and using zero emission 100% clean renewable energy.

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