If Tesla made a touring car, it could look something like this

Designed to be driven by the Räikkönens
by Stephen Dobie | Nov 7, 2017

Tesla appears to be trying its hand at all sorts. Supercar-quick sedans, school run SUVs, big trucks… Include the endeavors of its overlord Elon Musk and you also head into the realms of space travel and time travel tunnels.

In comparison, entering Le Mans is borderline conventional, even if it would mean extending electric power to its very limits. A 24-hour race seems like a stern challenge for a Tesla Supercharger.

Alas, this design study of a Tesla Le Mans car isn’t official. It’s the work of graphic illustrators Jeroen Claus and Fabian Brees, but isn’t just a set of pictures—it comes with its own backstory.

It’s intended to race at Le Mans 2030, and does so after a decade of change at the top of endurance racing. There’s been robotic pit stops and morphing tires, but despite its electric power source, the Tesla’s entry has an air of the traditional about it: Claus and Brees list its drivers as Alonso, Verstappen, Vettel, Button, Webber and two generations of Räikkönen. Yep, Kimi and his son Robin are on a team together, we’re told.

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Sadly it’s all make-believe for now, as is the Tesla’s 452kph top speed on the Mulsanne Straight (still, it must be said, slower than the Koenigsegg Agera RS). But the pictures are convincing enough—there’s a bit of old Porsche 917 about its overall shape, even if there are aero elements from just about any motorsport you can name attached in all manner of places.

Like it? Would you be happy to cheer on an all-electric car as it whistled and whirred its way around Le Mans?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made. 

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PHOTO: Jeroen Claus/Fabian Brees
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