“The changes we’ve made to the car are quite straightforward because we’ve used the P100D road car’s standard battery and motors,” says championship boss Mark Gemmell.
The racing car has bodywork made from carbonfibre and although an official weight figure hasn’t been revealed, it is estimated to weight around 1600kg.
Gemmell says: “The P100DL is 25% lighter [about 500kg] than the road car, so the racing car will be under less stress.”
It’ll also be much quicker: tweaks to the rest of the electric propulsion system mean the P100DL makes 778bhp and 734lb ft and can cover 0-62mph in 2.1sec. That acceleration is not only 0.3sec better than the road car, but also neck and neck with a modern Formula 1 car.
A Formula E car requires a further 0.9sec to hit 62mph from a standing start. EGT races will have standing starts in order to showcase the impressive acceleration. The car can hit a top speed of 155mph.
“It’d be insane not to do standing starts,” he says. “Seeing 20 of these cars launch into turn one will be very exciting. You will get an interesting sense of power.”
Silverstone will host the opening round on 12 August. The following races will take the Electric GT circus to Assen in the Netherlands and then the Nürburgring to race on the German track’s DTM configuration.
After this, Portugal’s Algarve International Circuit, Misano in Italy and Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya will host a race each, before Paul Ricard in France closes the 2017 season on 25 November.
That means the inaugural EGT series is condensed into just 15 weeks, which Gemmell says is intentional: “Having the races so close together means we can keep a good rhythm. It also helps to engage the audience more; if you have a big gap in the calendar, people can lose interest.”
Maintaining interest is something EGT intends to do by pulling fans close to the action. Spectators will be able to stream live video feeds from each car’s cabin during races. They will also be able to engage with the drivers via what Gemmell calls “a non-distracting heat map of support”.