The Elec­tric Pro­duc­tion Car Se­ries plans to pit 800-hp Model S sedans against each other

Edmonton Sun - Autonet - - FRONT PAGE - Nicholas Maronese Driv­

An all-Tesla rac­ing se­ries has been given the green light by the Fédéra­tion In­ter­na­tionale de l’Au­to­mo­bile (FIA), the world­wide mo­tor­sports gov­ern­ing body re­spon­si­ble for For­mula One and other rac­ing se­ries.

Two years af­ter its for­ma­tion was an­nounced, the Elec­tric Pro­duc­tion Car Se­ries (EPCS) is one step closer to pit­ting pro- duc­tion-based bat­tery-powered ve­hi­cles from ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers against each other on a race­track, re­ports The Verge. With high-per­for­mance high-vol­ume elec­tric-car of­fer­ings be­ing a lit­tle thin on the ground, the EPCS will launch with a field of race-prepped 800-horse­power Tesla Model S P100Ds on ma­jor cir­cuits, start­ing later this year.

Be­fore it can be­gin it can be­gin its de­but sea­son, how­ever, it needs to sign more teams — it now has only one — and more tal­ent, and co-or­di­nate a sched­ule. Ri­val elec­tric rac­ing league For­mula E is putting pres­sure on the up­start EPCS to get its act to­gether, since it this year will launch an “I-Pace eTro­phy,” fea­tur­ing the all-new Jaguar I-Pace SUV, as a sup­port se­ries for its pro­to­type all-elec­tric rac­ing se­ries, now in its fourth sea­son.

Tech­ni­cal glitches are another thorn in the side of the EPCS: the Model S sedan race cars it plans to run can’t last more than a few laps at a time be­cause the fac­tory bat­tery-management soft­ware keeps shut­ting down the over­heat­ing bat­ter­ies, un­aware they’re driv­ing a race car and not a road car.

Tesla has yet to of­fi­cially en­dorse the se­ries and won’t let the EPCS mod­ify the code in its cars, though the rac­ing se­ries says it’s hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with the au­tomaker.

Elec­tric GT

A Tesla Model S race car built for the Elec­tric Pro­duc­tion Car Se­ries run­ning test laps.

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