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  • 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.

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    joey joey posted on 2021/05/25
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