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TRACK TEST: e-racing365 Takes Electric GT Tesla for a Spin

E-racing365 gets the chance to sample the Electric GT Tesla, which is being primed to become the first fully electric powered GT car to race in a series next year…

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By Piotr Magdziarz

It was around a week before Electric GT’s ‘Day of Light’ event when I received a message from e-racing365’s Editor Sam Smith saying, “You’re going to love what we’ve got lined up for you.”

Soon I found myself heading to southern France, not only to chase stories in the Electric GT Championship, but to actually take the series’ Tesla Model S 85D for a spin around Circuit Pau-Arnos.

I was scheduled to drive after lunch, with the morning session being reserved for French GT ace Mike Parisy, EGT’s first confirmed driver Alvaro Fontes and a few other journalists.

To get ‘in the zone’ I had a run in the EGT e-kart as way of preparation. The kart, developed in Spain by Play and Drive, is a spectacular machine in its own right.

With two power modes – 30km and 50km – the vehicle is a nimble machine performance-wise and is comparable to a two-stroke 125cc kart.

What’s most impressive about it, though, is the instant power delivery. A battery installed at the very back of the chassis affects weight distribution and makes the rear-end of the kart lively and tricky to drive.

The e-kart requires some serious skills to drive it on the limit. Its development driver Guilliaume Meura admitted that once he broke two ribs while driving the e-kart in anger without a rib-protection device! This gives you an idea about the little electric beast.

A few hours later it was time for the main event – the only existing prototype race car based on a Tesla four-door sedan…

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