Tesla Model 3 P100D racer passes crash test, in time for Electric Production Car Series debut

  With its Electric Production Car Series Racing debut coming up, Tesla is busy prepping up its Model S P100D Race car, alongide partners Electric GT Holdings. The Tesla Model S P100D racer recently passed the official FIA Crash Test, ahead of the inaugural season of the Electric Production Car Series (EPCS).

The mandatory crash test was completed at the Institute for Applied Automotive Research (IDIADA) facility in Barcelona, Spain. During the official test, the race car experienced a frontal collision with a 130-ton block of concrete at a speed of 14 m/s (50.4 kph). The car’s high-voltage battery was active and charged according to manufacturer and FIA instructions and had an 88 kg dummy in the driver’s seat. The weight of the vehicle was 1,720 kg, representing the maximum race weight of the race car plus the weight of the dummy and a 25 kg data acquisition system.

IDIADA officials measured the deceleration of the dummy, battery and vehicle, plus protection against electrolyte spill, electric shock and static deformation in different points of the vehicle. The absolute value of average deceleration measured at floor level, under the center of the driver’s seat, was 17.83G, well below the FIA limit of 25G.

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The Electric Production Car Series (EPCS) is the new all-electric, zero-emissions motorsport category from Electric GT Holdings, promoting sustainable mobility. Up to 20 drivers will compete in identical Tesla model S P100D race cars in the inaugural season of the Electric Production Car Series category. Running on bespoke Pirelli tyres and equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and Alcon brakes. Rounds will consist of a 20-minute practice session, a 60-minute qualifying heat, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km).

Electric GT Holdings Inc. CEO, Mark Gemmell said, “We are very pleased to have successfully passed our crash #test. While there was no doubt as to the safety of the race car we have built, thorough safety testing is always a priority. The car performed very well during the collision. In many ways it was worse for us than for the car, having to watch the destruction of a machine we have lovingly built throughout our development of the championship. We are very excited to go #racing in 2018.”

Race weekend will also include the eKarting Series and the eSports Championship. Each round of the Championship 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.