字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 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.