Electric GT announces Pirelli as sole tire supplier

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Electric GT (EGT) Championship, the first 100% zero emissions GT championship, has confirmed a technical partnership with Pirelli to develop its race tires for the forthcoming series.

This will be the first time that both slick and wet tyre compounds are supplied specifically for electric race cars. Pirelli will become a key technology partner for the EGT Championship, with the 20 identical race-prepared Tesla Model S version P85+ cars set to get going in 2017.

The series aims to create exciting racing while being environmentally friendly. The EGT Championship will travel to seven permanent European circuits including the Nurburgring (Germany), Circuit Paul Ricard (France) and Donington Park (UK), as well as hosting three non-championship race events in the Americas.

As a world leader in sustainability for manufacturing, Pirelli’s agreement with the EGT Championship is paramount in ensuring that the series and its machines meet efficiency and safety requirements as well as achieving high performance.

“We are very proud to welcome Pirelli on board, supporting our ground-breaking championship,” explained Mark Gemmell, Electric GT Championship CEO. “We are looking forward to a close and innovative relationship with the world leader in ultra high-performance tyres, both for the road and in motorsport. These are exciting times and I cannot wait for testing to start in earnest.

“This is our first major partner announcement and we are currently in discussions with other exciting key companies which we hope to confirm within the coming weeks.”

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