In the Electric GT World Series, 20 drivers and 10 teams will battle it out in a seven-race season, with races in America, Asia and Europe. The races will take place on official race tracks, rather than the temporary street tracks used in Formula E.
Initially, the race series will have the Tesla Model S P85+ electric sports saloon as its standard vehicle. The road-going version of the electric car has a 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds. The racing version will get uprated suspension, brakes and cooling, and will shed a few pounds of weight during the race conversion.
Technical director for Electric GT Holdings Agustin Paya said: "We chose the Tesla Model S because it is one of the best 100% electric cars on the market. The teams will race identical models similar to the road version, with 410bhp and 442lb ft of torque. Despite being a tourer it seems to be made for racing, with its weight distribution ratio and low centre of gravity.
“We have been testing the car in Spain on the Barcelona and Jarama circuits, both of which are being used as test and operations centres.
“The fun of the Electric GT category is that you are going to watch commercially available models you see on the streets, racing on circuits around the world,” added Paya, who said that, although the series will start out only using the Tesla Model S, other makes and models will be free to participate in the future.
The new championship claimed to have the support of both the Royal Spanish Motorsport Federation and the Fédération Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA).