Inside The First-Ever Tesla Race Car

Inside The First-Ever Tesla Race Car


Narrator: 2.3 seconds.
That’s exactly how long it takes Tesla’s
top-of-the-line Model S sedan to sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour. But while YouTube is filled with countless videos of Teslas
dominating drag strips and leaving the fastest
street-legal cars in their dust, these all-electric speed
demons have yet to make it into a professional
racing series, until now. Electric Production Car Series, or EPCS, is an upcoming zero-emissions international racing championship featuring the first
official race-ready Teslas. As the flagship series of
electric racing organization Electric GT, EPCS is planned to feature up to 20 drivers piloting
identical track-optimized Model S P100Ds. So what separates these
Model S race cars from those you can pick up at your
nearest Tesla showroom? First, the company
takes a production model and strips out all of
the interior fittings that would be considered excess. This is replaced with safety equipment that includes a full race
harness and roll cage. Much of the body work is also removed and replaced with high-grade
carbon-fiber body panels. The production car’s wheels and tires are scrapped for new race slicks and rims. Aerodynamic features are added that include a large rear wing, and the suspension is
strengthened heavily. – Electric GT came about essentially four years ago when we saw that electric racing was starting with Formula E. I remember going to the Monaco race and being impressed with
what they were doing and thinking, “Well, this
needs to happen more.” What is Electric Production Car Series? So that is the formal or official name that has been given by the FIA to our championship. Narrator: The FIA, or International Automobile Federation, is the governing body over a number of global motorsport events. When it comes to rules
and safety regulations in auto racing, what they say goes. – This is a FIA-approved
international series, so we can race in multiple countries using full FIA safety specialists, you know, their marshals and such, and also we can attract
FIA-licensed drivers, FIA-sanctioned teams, and essentially put on a show that is proper motorsport. We do aim to go to the best
circuits that are available, so Silverstone, Paul
Ricard, that kind of thing. Now, I have thoroughly recognized that Tesla is not perfect and that it has thermal-management issues, above all, but it’s got pretty good performance, as in the obviously
out-of-the-blocks acceleration that’s certainly at or even
above a Formula-1-car level. Top speed is very good,
and we can buy them today. Narrator: However, Electric
GT wants to make it clear that in the future, they do not plan to limit their racing series to Tesla cars only. – Any high-performance electric car, we welcome in our series. It would be a pleasure to welcome a Porsche
Taycan on the circuit. I have no reason to
believe that it would be in any way an inferior car. Narrator: However, the
road to an all-electric racing league hasn’t been as smooth as Electric GT had hoped. The series was originally expected to begin back in 2017,
but the company ran into a number of major delays, including difficulties
securing a lead investor. Still, the company claims
their problems may soon be solved and EPSC’s inaugural season could almost be here. – The fundamental fact, and
there’s no surprises of course, you need to have the
capital to launch an event of this caliber. You get everything together,
and you need to find the right investor. The right investor, apart
from having the right money, needs to be appreciative
of what’s going on. So here for instance, you
need to find an investor who understands that the electric future is definite and is worthwhile, that renewable energy is a fantastic, positive future for us all, and someone who also appreciates
the value of motorsport. But I’m pleased to say we
have run into a few investors who do place a lot of
value in these vectors, so I’m very enthusiastic that
we will find that investor and that we will launch
in the near future.