The FIA has announced a brand new electric GT racing series
They will be similar in performance to the current generation of GT3 cars and race on full-length, permanent circuits
Electric motorsport is something that's slowly but surely coming fully into being across multiple different types of racing. Of course, everyone knows about Formula E by now, but there was also that crazy electric DTM car that was showcased very recently and the plans for the World Endurance Championship to have a hydrogen class from 2024 onwards. Now yet another new electric racing series is set to debut, as the FIA has announced that an electric GT racing series will be coming soon!
The cars that'll compete in the new electric GT series will be similar in performance to the current generation of GT3 cars, although the FIA claims that they'll be able to outperform their ICE-powered GT3 counterparts on acceleration and qualifying pace. The cars will most likely be based on existing GT3 architecture that'll be adapted for a fully electric powertrain. Power output will be capped at 577 hp and the minimum weight of each vehicle will be between 1,490 kg and 1,530 kg depending on what production car these new electric racers are based on. The cars will race on full-length permanent circuits, rather than the street tracks we've become used to seeing in Formula E.
Manufacturers taking part will be able to choose between two or four motor powertrains and two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive systems, with dynamic vehicle control systems automatically adjusting the torque of each wheel independently to improve on-track handling. All manufacturers that are already committed to the GT3 class will be allowed to compete as well as EV specialists with no previous experience with ICE cars. This should, hopefully, create the same amount of diversity that we see in current GT racers, as well as seeing fully electric GT cars from the big boys such as McLaren, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Porsche and Ferrari alongside competitors from EV-exclusive manufacturers.
The battery packs for this new electric GT series will be bespoke units built by each manufacturer using pouch-style lithium-ion cells made by Saft, a subsidiary of Total. Each battery should have a total capacity of 87 kWh. The cells have been designed to allow up to 700 kW of peak regeneration as well as 700 kW fast charging. The fast charging will likely be especially important, as it'll allow the batteries to replenish 60% of their capacity within a few minutes during a pitstop.
"The FIA’s vision is to make motorsport a laboratory for sustainable mobility," stated FIA president Jean Todt. "The announcement of this new electric-powered GT car category is a key milestone serving this goal as it will pave the way for new battery and fast-charging technologies. A perfect illustration of our race-to-road approach."