New Tesla-based Electric Production Car Series gets FIA approval

The Electric GT organisation has had its Tesla-based series approved by the FIA and is scheduled to commence this year as the Electric Production Car Series.

It will be a category for spec Teslas, with Electric GT developing a race-ready version known as a Model S P100D.

The car passed its official FIA crash test last week (pictured below), and has now been sanctioned by motorsport's governing body ahead of its inaugural season.

Its sporting regulations have also been published and reveal that race weekends will include a three-heat qualifying format and two 37-mile races during the daytime and the evening.

Race power will be set to a maximum of 585kW (785bhp).

As well as accompanying eSports and electric kart championships, the series has also announced a 'drift off' competition at "suitable circuits".

In this contest, the top-two finishing drivers and two fan-voted drivers will go head-to-head in a series of drifting challenges, with three extra championship points up for grabs.

Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell said: "This is such an exciting day for us as we confirm that the Electric Production Car Series has been officially sanctioned by the FIA.

"We respect the FIA and we are honoured to have their support ahead of our inaugural season.

"We are also pleased to officially publish the sporting regulations for the Electric Production Car Series.

"We have put a lot of time into refining the regulations to allow for competitive and thrilling racing.

"With a three-heat qualifying system and two EPCS races, plus our eKarting and eSports rounds, fans will have a lot of racing action to get excited about."

Current LMP3 squad SPV Racing is the only team to have announced plans to enter the inaugural EPCS so far.