FIA announces new electric GT category

Motorsport's governing body plans to implement fast charging at races.

FIA announces new electric GT category

The International Automobile Federation

  • Manufacturers will be able to develop own battery layouts
  • Lithium-ion cells to be provided by Saft, a subsidiary of Total

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has unveiled details for a new electric GT category.

The FIA hopes that the new class will introduce technical freedoms previously unseen in electric motorsport.

There will be scope for individual battery development and manufacturers will be permitted to develop two or four-wheeled vehicles.

The manufacturers will be able to develop their own battery layouts using lithium-ion cells created by Saft, a subsidiary of oil company Total. The batteries will enable the implementation of 700kw/h fast charging which will replenish 60 per cent of the vehicles' charge in a few minutes.

The FIA hopes to generate vehicles to perform to a similar standard as the existing GT3 category but will exceed in terms of acceleration and qualifying pace.

Additionally, the governing body wants the category to influence real-world change in the electric vehicle industry.

"The main technical challenges [for the car industry] are battery development, battery integration in the cars and fast charging technology," said Xavier Mestelan Pinon, the FIA's technical director.

"This is crucial to the manufacturers who want to develop road-relevant technology rather than relying on standard components."

Jean Todt, FIA president, said that the organisation has a "vision to make motorsport a laboratory for sustainable mobility".

"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.

"A perfect illustration of our race-to-road approach.”

No introduction date has been announced for the new category yet, but more details are expected to be revealed in May.