In fact, a motorsport series full of powerful production-based saloon cars, representing a number of different manufacturers and with a roster of top-line GT and touring car drivers all fighting for points and podiums, sounds tremendously exciting.
What is Electric GT? New series explained
What will begin modestly as a one-make championship a few months from now could eventually bloom into the world’s most prosperous production racing championship.
It’s a view shared by the first – and so far only – race team to sign up to Electric GT, SPV Racing, whose team principal reckons season three could be the year that other manufacturers arrive.
And yet Electric GT founder and CEO Mark Gemmell seems to take a different view. “Competing?” he says, when asked if other manufacturers will be invited to challenge Tesla in Electric GT in the near future.
“To compete with Tesla… that’s challenging. You might say Porsche is most likely to do something good, but that’s in 2020 and is it going to be as good as the Model S I’ve got outside?”
Gemmell thinks Tesla has stolen such a march on the rest of the industry that even the Mission E will be four years behind the Model S when it arrives.
“It’s not really competing, is it? I think other manufacturers might want to race, but not against Tesla because it’s kind of embarrassing if you lose all the time,” he says. “Better to do a single-brand race.”
Perhaps, then, Electric GT will begin modestly as a one-make championship a few months from now and limp on in that fashion year after year, never flourishing into that prosperous global racing series and never being officially endorsed by the manufacturer at its core.
But these are matters for the future. A more pressing issue for Gemmell and his team is getting the series off the ground. With a background in software development, the Scot says he knows “nothing about motorsport”, but he seems to have the drive and determination to make this series work.
For now, the only car that exists is a lower-powered P85D, which we drove for a few laps at the Pau Arnos circuit, Electric GT’s adopted headquarters, in south-west France.
Running on rain tyres in bright sunshine, the car was surprisingly agile with strong grip and rock-solid body control. In its handling, it behaved nothing at all like a road-going Model S.