Life doesn’t end when you walk away from Formula One and for India’s first Formula One driver, Karun Chandhok, the next chapter is well and truly underway with his participation in the all new Electric GT Championship that will get underway in 2017.
This exciting new series was announced back in March of this year, with the Tesla Model S P100D chosen for the first season. Ten teams and twenty drivers are already signed on to contest the first season that will consist of seven races.
These race weekends will see a 20-minute practice session, 60-minute qualifying, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km).
To get things underway, Chandhok has been busy testing at Circuit Calafat and he was hugely impressed by what he discovered….
"I was glad to take up Electric GT's invitation to come and drive the car that the team are working on ahead of their first season in 2017. As a racing driver, you're always curious to test new and different machines and driving a race-prepared Tesla was clearly something I was keen to try,” he said.
“The car handles remarkably well and is very balanced despite being in the early stages of development. I'd be interested to see what it's like when they get the P100-based version 2.0 up and running next year, as that should have a lot more power. Mark, Agustin and their team have great ambitions for the series and I look forward to seeing how the project develops over the next six months!"
Each of the seven race weekend’s will be a weekend-long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability, in and around the circuits and fans will be able to stream races via Periscope, Twitch and YouTube, as well as interact directly with the teams using social media platforms.