Pirelli confirmed as tyre supplier for Electric GT Championship

Pirelli have confirmed a technical partnership with the newly-formed Electric GT Championship to develop its race tyres for the 2017 season.

EGT will have 20 identical Tesla Model S P85+ versions racing across seven permanent European championship rounds, with three non-championship rounds in the Americas.

The Electric GT Championship is also the first-ever electric race series to have slick and wet tyre compounds, supplied by Pirelli for its maiden season next year.

EGT Chief Executive Officer, Mark Gemmell said We are very proud to welcome Pirelli on board, supporting our ground-breaking championship.

“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.”

Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery added “We are delighted to join the Electric GT Championship, which underlines our commitment to both sustainability and performance in an innovative context. We already supply Tesla with original equipment for its latest model and it’s exciting to see a new manufacturer brand represented in motorsport, through the launch of a completely new championship.”