Just a few months after the Electric GT (EGT) Championship was first publicised, the zero-emissions race series has now announced that the Tesla Model S P100D will replace the initial Model S P85+ ahead of the season opener in 2017.

The move is a logical one, as a stock P100D is capable of hitting 100 km/h from a standstill in just 2.5 seconds, which is 0.7 seconds quicker than the racing version of the P85+ (shown below), and has a larger 100 kWh battery (compared to 85 kWh). The racing version, which is being teased here, will offer even higher levels of performance (acceleration, handling and grip), according to the EGT.

With racing brakes, suspension, Pirelli slicks, bodykit and most importantly, a 500 kg weight reduction, the P100Ds competing in the EGT are certainly not to be trifled with. With the design of the V2.0 race car now complete, the EGT’s official partner companies – OMP and Pirelli will now be doing their part to make the P100D race-ready.

The EGT will comprise of 10 teams and 20 drivers, with seven European circuits scheduled in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen, Estoril and the Nurburgring, as well as three non-championship races in the Americas. Each race weekend will feature a 20-minute practice session, 60-minute qualifying, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km).

“The Electric GT V2.0 design is the fastest way towards the ‘Age of Light’. I am very excited to be using the Tesla Model S P100D as it is incredibly quick and innovative. This week we opened the subscription period for teams and the new car announcement is an exciting prospect for those who want to join us,” said EGT CEO, Mark Gemmell.

GALLERY: Tesla Model S P85+ Electric GT Championship race car