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Tesla Model S P100DL Electric GT race car track-tested by Top Gear veteran
July 3, 2018  Simon Alvarez






Tesla Race Car! Tiff Needell drives The Electric GT P100DL
July 3, 2018  7 hours ago - Uploaded by Lovecars  8:10
We were invited to Barcelona for an exclusive first drive of the brand new
Electric GT Tesla P100DL race car ...
Tiff Needell’s test drive of the Electric GT Model S P100DL

British racing driver and former Top Gear and Fifth Gear television
presenter Tiff Needell recently got behind the wheel of the Electric GT’s
Tesla Model S P100DL race car. In a video uploaded on YouTube’s LoveCars
channel, the former race driver provided several compelling insights about
the vehicle, including its handling, its speed, as well as its areas for

The Electric GT, officially called the Electric Production Car Series [
], is a zero-emission racing series featuring modified Tesla Model S P100D
vehicles. The Electric GT’s inaugural season is scheduled to begin at Jerez
on November 4, 2018, ending on October 13, 2019 at Algarve. Ten races are
planned for the upcoming racing season.

Tiff’s test drive of the Electric GT’s P100DL race car was held at the
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a track famed for hosting the Spanish Grand
Prix and the MotoGP. The track, which is 2.892 miles long, features 16 turns
including an iconic straight stretch where vehicles can achieve top speed.
According to the veteran race driver, the Model S P100D featured impeccable
handling and aerodynamics that simply allowed the vehicle to stick to the
road despite him performing aggressive driving maneuvers.

As noted by auto journalist Bozi Tatarevic on Twitter, several scenes of
Tiff’s Electric GT test drive video revealed interesting details about the
modified electric car. Apart from stripping the car of its interior and
fitting a widebody kit made of flax fiber composite to reduce the vehicle’s
weight by 1100 pounds, several aspects of the race-ready Electric GT Model S
P100D stood out. As noted by Tatarevic, the Tesla race car’s door handles
are permanently out, which likely helped save weight on the vehicle. An
error displayed on the driver’s console pertaining to the electric car’s Air
Suspension also suggests that the vehicle is equipped with an aftermarket
coilover setup.

The Model S P100D’s performance brakes were further replaced with larger
Alcon brakes. As noted by Tatarevic in his observations on Twitter, the
rotor hat on the Electric GT race car’s brakes combines a wheel spacer. The
hood of the vehicle is canted as well, likely to aid the electric car’s
cooling systems. Brief shots of the vehicle under the hood seemingly reveal
that Electric GT might have also modified or replaced the brake master
cylinder for the vehicle. Inside the cockpit, a racing ECU could be seen
installed beside the P100D race car’s media control unit.

As impressive as the Electric GT Model S P100D was on the track, however,
Tiff Needell ultimately noted that the vehicle’s battery still showed some
heating issues, as revealed by the Model S’ systems throttling performance
after 1.5 hot laps around the Barcelona track and fans being directed
towards the vehicle’s battery pack after run. The veteran racing driver
stated, however, that if Electric GT can find a workaround with the Model S’
battery heating issues, the racing series could very well be successful.

While the Electric GT has chosen the Model S P100D as its vehicle of choice
for its inaugural season later this year, another Tesla vehicle is steadily
gaining reputation on the track. Just recently, a non-Performance Long Range
Model RWD Model 3 with aftermarket suspension and brakes won the Canadian
Sport Compact Series Time Attack series, defeating a Porsche Boxer and a
Mazda RX-8 to claim the title. During the entire event, Sasha Anis, the
driver of the vehicle, noted that the Model 3 did not experience any heating
problems at all. The Model 3 Performance, which Elon Musk stated would be
15% faster than a BMW M3 around the track, is expected to perform even
better during spirited driving.
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