Visitors to Autosport International will have the chance to witness the debut of the exciting new Electric GT Championship (EGT) at Europe’s premier pre-season motorsport show. A number of big announcements are expected to take place at the event including news of more drivers set to compete in the series in 2017, along with several high-profile brand ambassadors. The Autosport International will be held at the Birmingham NEC on 12-15 January 2017.
Together with these highly anticipated announcements, EGT will also have the modified Tesla Model S P85+ race machine on display in Hall 6 on Stand 6250. Visitors are in for a further treat as this first-ever fully electric GT car will make a number of dynamic appearances within the Live Action Arena.
With eight drivers already announced, a number of the new “Electric Heroes” will be presented at Autosport International. The 2017 Electric GT Championship will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for 10 professional teams. Each team will race in identical race-prepared Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres.
The series will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.
Autosport International, Europe’s largest motorsport show, held at the NEC in Birmingham, features some of the most innovative technologies in the industry, making it the perfect stage for the EGT championship.
Electric GT Championship CEO, Mark Gemmell said: “Autosport International is the key pre-season event for the motorsport industry, so it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to present the innovative Electric GT Championship. We believe that by being there, we will be able to push the automotive world forwards, towards a new future.”
The championship was announced on 9 March 2016, with the Tesla Model S chosen for the first season, which will get underway in 2017. There will be 10 teams and 20 drivers, who will compete across seven races during season one. Weekends will consist of a 20-minute practice session, one-hour qualifying, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km). Each round 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 Periscope, Twitch and YouTube, as well as interact directly with the teams using social media platforms.