OC FULLY-CHARGED FOR ELECTRIC GT CHAMPIONSHIP

Tom Onslow-Cole has been selected to take part in the new-for-2017 Electric GT Championship, a ten-round series that will see ten teams battle twenty Tesla Model S race cars in the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT competition.
 
The series, announced at an event in Ibiza, earlier this year, is the first all-electric GT championship in the world and the British Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete was keen to investigate the opportunity and add it to his rapidly growing 2017 calendar.
 
“We’re in a period of huge change in the automotive world – electrification of road cars is going to be huge – and motorsport will, undoubtedly, reflect this. As a racing driver, it’s important to be open-minded, adaptable and eager to explore new opportunities.”
 
In fact, this isn’t the first foray into green technologies for the forward-thinking Londoner. In 2010, OC narrowly missed out on the British Touring Car Championship title in a Calor Gas LPG-powered Ford Focus and, in 2013, he drove the hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide S.
 
“Motorsport is a fantastic way for manufacturers and technical suppliers to develop and demonstrate technologies and engineering expertise, and I’m more than happy to be the one in the driving seat!” he continued. 
 
As well as pushing forward electric race car technology, the championship also sets out to make motorsport more interactive and sociable than ever before.
 
“It’s not just the worlds of automotive and motorsport that are changing," he explained. "The way that fans consume racing is changing too. In order for our sport to prosper, we need to offer spectators a way to engage and interact so that they become life-long loyal consumers for the car manufacturers and the sponsors.
 
“I’ve looked closely at the Electric GT Championship and I like the approach they are taking. They are linking up new technologies with new ways of consuming sport and I’m delighted to be involved from the start. Let’s see where it takes us!”
 
The Electric GT Championship is set to start in 2017 and will be in addition to OC’s rapidly-growing GT3 calendar, which is set to include more than 20 international events. His season starts with Dubai 24 Hours in January, when he will re-join SPS Automotive Performance in its Mercedes AMG GT3.