Three stars of the Electric GT eKarting Drivers’ Club made their debut at championship headquarters on Thursday.
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.”
The Electric Production Car Series (EPCS) is the first all-electric, zero-emissions motorsport category from Electric GT Holdings Inc.
Commencing in 2018, Electric GT race events will include the Electric Production Car Series, the Electric GT eKarting Series and the Electric GT eSports Series: a ground-breaking innovative new virtual racing platform.
The main EPCS race will see up to 20 drivers will race the fully race-prepared Tesla Model S P100D, running on bespoke Pirelli tyres and equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment, Alcon brakes, R53 suspension and composite bodywork from BComp. Rounds will consist of a 20-minute practice session, a 60-minute qualifying heat, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km).
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 Twitch, Facebook Live or YouTube Live, as well as interact directly with the teams and drivers using social media platforms.