Leilani Münter announced as first American Tesla driver for Electric GT Championship [Video]
We reported last week on the forthcoming Electric GT (EGT) World Series. Since then, the EGT's modified Tesla was officially revealed in Ibiza, Spain. And, Teslarati* reported that, "veteran race car driver, environmental activist, and early supporter of Tesla, Leilani Münter, will join the team as the [EGT] Championship’s first American and second female driver.... [she] will be one of 20 drivers across 10 professional teams looking to compete across Europe."
Why is Münter the perfect choice for the EGT? "No stranger to being behind the wheel of a Model S or on the race track, Münter is an early Tesla adopter and race car driver that has made a name herself racing in the ARCA stock car series. More recently, Münter was featured alongside Tesla CEO Elon Musk in the Emmy-nominated documentary Racing Extinction, drawing attention to the human impact on climate change and mass extinction of wildlife. Her experience in racing, combined with her high profile and evangelistic background, is exactly what the EGT is aiming for when selecting its team of professional drivers." Check out Leilani Münter's video for the EGT (see below).
Electric GT Championship CEO, Mark Gemmell says through a company press release that, in addition to the reasons stated above, Leilani is an ideal choice due to her, "substantial profile on social media, which is crucial for projecting the values of our series to a modern audience, but most importantly... talent in spades and we are sure [she] will have the chance to showcase that aboard our Tesla Model S EGT.”
When and where can we expect to see Leilani race? "The highly anticipated Electric GT (EGT) racing series featuring a fleet of modified rear-wheel drive Tesla Model S P85+ vehicles will kick off its inaugural season in early 2017.... [with] competition across some of the world’s most famous raceing circuits – Nürburgring, Barcelona Circuit and Donington Park in the UK." So, what does EGT's final, modified Tesla that Leilani will be driving look like? Take a look at the stunning photo gallery below...
Source: Teslarati* / Electric GT
So what's next for the EGT? "The EGT Championship kicks off early next year and will be available for live viewing through Periscope, Twitch, YouTube and social media. The race series will consist of a 20-minute practice session, 30 minutes of qualifying, a 37-mile (60km) daytime race and a 37-mile race at dusk. Each round will be a weekend-long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability in and around the circuits." We're looking forward to the EGT's first race, and, we'll (of course) be rooting for Leilani Münter to win.