Silverstone will host the inaugural round of the Electric GT championship (EGT) on 12 August, the series' boss has confirmed.
Speaking exclusively to Autocar, CEO Mark Gemmel said the seven-race championship, which will feature race-prepared Tesla Model S P100Ds, will then move to TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands on 2 September, before going to the Nürburgring to race on its DTM circuit three weeks later.
The following rounds will take place at Portugal's Algarve International Circuit, Misano in Italy and Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya. France's Paul Ricard will host the season's closing race on 25 November.
Gemmel said the calendar was provisional so subject to change, but "just final agreements from authorities" were needed to solidify the dates.
Electric GT has also confirmed the full specifications of its electric racing model, 20 of which will be built for the opening season. The battery-powered saloon has been renamed Model S P100DL and produces 778bhp and 734lb ft of torque. It can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 2.1sec – 0.3sec quicker than the road car – and hit a top speed of 155mph.
Despite running an unmodified drivetrain, the car's 100kWh battery pack is the largest in motorsport. Gemmel expects the factory specification hardware to be extremely reliable.
"The standard drivetrain is in a 25% lighter car, so the stresses are actually less than it has been designed for in the production vehicle," he said. "This also makes the championship more valuable for Tesla road customers, as our racing cars are closer to what they drive so you're essentially seeing a production vehicle on circiuit."
Pirelli is supplying the tyres, which are 18in in diameter, 265mm wide at the front and 305mm wide at the rear. Both slicks and treaded wet tyres are available. A dual-circuit single-pedal hydraulic race brake set-up has also been installed.
The car sits on double-wishbone pushrod-operated front suspension, with twin dampers and springs at the back. The stripped-out cabin features an FIA roll cage and fire extinguisher. No weight figure has been released, but Gemmel's comments suggest around 525kg has been removed from the car, which means it'll weigh close to 1600kg.
At top speed, the car's racing bodywork produces 51kg of downforce over the nose and 92kg over the rear. The bodywork itself is made from high-modulus carbonfibre – a particularly fibre-dense version of the material.
Race weekends will consist of a 20-minute practice session, 30 minutes of qualifying and two 60km (37-mile) races, one in the day and one at dusk. Races will feature standing starts, something Gemmel thinks will help make the event a unique spectacle.
"Seeing 20 of these cars launch off – they’re about as fast or maybe even a bit faster than a Formula 1 car off the line," he said. "I think people will be surprised by the noise. When you get 20 cars together, you do get an interesting sense of power."
Each race will be streamable on YouTube, Twitch and Periscope, with a permanent live feed of every car's cockpit included.
2017 Electric GT race calendar (provisional):
12 August – Silverstone, UK
2 September – Assen, Netherlands
23 September – Nürburgring DTM Circuit, Germany
TBC – Algarve, Portugal
28 October – Misano, Italy
18 November – Barcelona, Spain
25 November – Paul Ricard, France