The latest all-electric motorsport series featuring ‘faster than GT3’ cars has had its first details published by the FIA.
The yet-to-be-named GT championship aims to “set new standards for electric vehicles in motorsport in terms of performance and range”.
These cars will race on traditional race circuits and intends to match and even better GT3 performance.
Ultimately, the FIA is pushing for a new series GT3 manufacturers can turn to that offers a competitive platform while remaining relevant to the ‘electric revolution’ taking over the automotive industry.
The FIA’s leading electric category, Formula E, has steered clear comparisons to Formula 1.
However, the new GT series will likely be run in direct comparison to other GT3-spec series.
The maximum amount of power allowed is restricted to 430kW, with cars weighing between 1,490 and 1,530kg.
The heavy weight band is to stop manufacturers from investing an exorbitant amount of money into expensive materials.
The new rules permit two or four-wheel drive technology. The FIA is also looking at ways to implement fast-charging at pitstops.
Saft will be the sole provider of the battery. The brand says that its high-end fast-charging technology can have an empty battery replenished to 60 per cent capacity “within a few minutes.”
FIA president Jean Todt praised the governing body in making its first steps to unveiling another ‘groundbreaking’ electric championship.
“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,” he said.
“A perfect illustration of our race-to-road approach.”
The FIA initially finalised the rules in December last year.
Phase two in the launch process will be next month when the FIA is set to reveal further details, including a series name and format.