Tesla Model S P100D race car passes FIA crash tests ahead of 2018 season

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Electric GT Holdings’s all-electric race car, the Tesla Model S P100D, has passed its official crash test ahead of the inaugural season of the Electric Production Car Series (EPCS). The crash test mandated by the FIA was carried out by Applus+ IDIADA at its facility in Barcelona, Spain.

During the official test, the race car, equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment, was put through a frontal collision against a rigid barrier – a block of concrete weighing 130 tonnes covered with a 19mm wooden plate – at a speed of 14m/s (50.4km/h).

The car’s high-voltage battery was active and charged according to manufacturer and FIA instructions and had an 88kg dummy in the driver’s seat.

The weight of the vehicle was 1,720kg, representing the maximum race weight of the race car plus the weight of the dummy and a 25kg data acquisition system.

IDIADA officials measured the acceleration of the dummy and vehicle during the crash. After the collision, they also measured the protection against electrolyte spill and electric shock, plus static deformation in different points of the vehicle.

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