The FIA’s Electric GT Championship is set to deliver performance levels comparable to GT3 machinery while utilizing existing components of the platform for its targeted launch in 2023.
Sportscar365 has learned of key details of the proposed all-electric championship, which is currently being served for tender among prospective promoters.
It comes following the approval of the technical regulations for the class of vehicle — FIA Electric GT — by the World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday
According to a FIA document obtained by Sportscar365, the championship aims to provide both a showcase for the next-generation of performance cars and as well as being a marketing platform for manufacturers amid the automotive industry’s transition to renewable energies.
Each “main race” would be 40 minutes in length and require cars to complete at least one mandatory recharging pit stop, utilizing a fast-charging system aimed to restore up to 60 percent of the battery power within three to four minutes.
A minimum of 14 full-season entries divided across seven two-car teams are targeted for the first two seasons, with up to 20 entries and ten teams by 2025.
The championship would feature at least two manufacturers at launch and increasing to four by Season 3 and to be held as standalone “electric only events.”
A minimum of six events held across two continents would be required for the 2023 and 2024 seasons before expanding to eight events on three continents for Season 3.
The EGT platform features “many existing technologies” carried over from GT3 in order to keep development costs low, although with the target of introducing rapid recharging, which would be an “integral” part of each event.
Further details on the recently approved technical regulations have not yet been publicly disclosed.
Sportscar365 understands that a number of manufacturers, including Porsche and Audi, have shown early interest in the proposed championship, which is unrelated to Electric GT Holding’s Tesla-based production series that has faced a number of failed launches.
While a decision on the series promoter was due to be made this week, the FIA has extended its deadline to the “beginning of 2021” according to the WMSC release.
The promoter will be appointed for a period of five years on an exclusive basis.