Ex-racing driver Julien Beltoise is set to reintroduce the revered Beltoise name to the track with the launch of the first electric GT for competition as part of a one-make formula series and driver training programme, the BT01.
Beltoise is the youngest son of the famed French Grand Prix racer Jean-Pierre Beltoise, who drove for Matra and BRM, plus nephew of the legendary ex-F1 racer François Cevert, and manages the Haute-Saintonge motor circuit in Charente-Maritime, France. His new venture is Beltoise eTechnology, the company that’ll build the BT01.
Developed in collaboration with Formula E and Extreme E electric competition vehicle specialists Spark Racing Technology, the new 1,200kg Beltoise BT01 coupe is primarily designed to be an all-electric competition GT, developing 394PS (290kW), enabling it to catapult from 0-62mph in under four seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 130mph.
Beltoise eTechnology’s initial objective is to produce seven BT01s this summer, in time to fully test and verify the cars for driving training courses for the 2022 season.
Don't expect to see the BT01 on regular roads quite yet though, as the model will only be built initially for track use, with driver courses using of the electric GT for training sessions lasting 10 to 12 minutes with charging breaks in between over a three-hour driving training session.
After the first seven BT01s have been built, Beltoise will produce a second racing version to meet the FIA standards necessary for homologation in competition, with a 20-race one-make/model series planned from 2023 in France and internationally, with the fully-charged competition BT01 able to run in races of up to 25 minutes duration.
Beltoise eTechnology plans to build between 150 and 200 examples of the BT01 over a five year period worldwide, with a projected price of around £130,000.