FAQ – Frequently asked questions
The format eco Grand Prix proves that neither fast charging stations, nor futuristic batteries are necessary to get far with your own electric car. The endurance races provide excitement and everyone can take part. From the club that wants to experience the feeling of a racetrack to the company that wants to offer its employees something very special – and thus, also does self-promotion on a very large scale. What could be more exciting than having the sales team and the marketing team compete against each other on the racetrack? Who plans better? Who has the better strategy?
How can I participate in a competition?
You need a full electric car, 3 or more drivers with standard driving license for cars or you can apply to be a driver of a team. Please read the regulations of the event you are interested in. Then all you have to do is to register here and all information regarding the next steps will follow by email. You won’t be bound to pay anything until you decide to pay the fee. After the fee is paid you are officially registered.
2. You’ll get an email with information some days later
3. Read the Rules and Regulations of the competition
4. Pay the fee in case you agree – if not, you’ll get a cancellation and no obligation to pay after the event.
5. Get a beginner license at your national authority
(In Germany it’s just a payment of about €50 for one complete season including abroad competitions)
6. Come to the event
7. Join the team briefing
8. Drive a test lap
9. Start and enjoy the mind blowing competition!
Why eco Grand Prix is competing on different tracks in different seasons?
We want to showcase the huge range of any electric car in any climate condition and deliver this data to the car manufacturers to accelerate the improvement of the electric car technology.
Information regarding race licenses are available on each event page as they depend on the country where the challenge is taking place.
What prizes can I win in a race?
Being the best of your car class every driver will get a gold medal. You will also get GP points, check out here (link to the gp point tables) for the calculation. The top 3 collecting most GP points in one season (one calendar year) will get the series winner trophies.
Am I allowed to start with an EV with range extender?
Yes, we like this thrilling idea to drive an EV without gas in the extender showing the viewers this is not needed.
Why is eco Grand Prix not installing charging stations for ecoGP events?
One of the missions of eco Grand Prix is to take away the doubts regarding range anxiety. We show, like Rafael de Mestre already did in 2012 at www.80edays.com/genesis, that you can use the billions of installed electric plugs like they exist at racetracks, in hotels all around the world. Rafael de Mestre said in 2012 “You can get power at any gas station or hotels, but at a hotel you won’t get gas”.
Why hybrid cars are not allowed to start?
eco Grand Prix wants to push the technology to get emission free. Hybrid technologies are getting more and more bigger batteries. If a brand is ready to compete welcome to take the challenge!
Why hydrogen cars are not allowed to start?
eco Grand Prix takes the view that hydrogen is the wrong technology for cars. There are a lot of arguments against this technology. Check out on the Internet on why car manufacturers are focusing on electric cars now.
Why Bio Diesel cars are not allowed to start?
We simply don’t support any kind of burning resources. Check out the solar plant having the power of a nuclear power plant.
How does the competition for kids work?
Kids can compete driving remote control electric cars as many laps as possible as their parents.
Depending on the amount of participants several runs make the winner.
The top three win toys and the winner an original ecoGP medal.
How can my child participate at ecoGP for kids?
Children between ages 6 and 14 are allowed to participate. Please register online here to esnure a start slot.
Is my car insured at the racetrack?
Please check your policy. eco Grand Prix is normally covered by insurance companies because of the format not taking lap timings nor the fastest leading to the winner podium. It is categorized by insurance companies as touristic drive with less risk than track days.
There are special race insurances available online in case your insurance is excluding racetracks. Welcome to Google for Motorsport insurances. The total damage of all scratches done to all cars in 7 years of eco Grand Prix are less than the costs of one race policy for one race for one car.
May I drive a test car or my car on the racetrack to check the max. speed?
In case your car is following FIA regulations you may be allowed to do it. The FIA conformity check has to be run through and the valid documents have to be shown. In case you’re fulfilling these conditions you’re welcome to contact us here.