Ratel plans to relaunch the event in 2023 as the inaugural round of the GT Experimental Tour, ideas he first launched in 2019.
A competition that will initially be open to fully electric vehicles will combine road sections with short races, hill climbs and speed trials throughout its seven-day duration.
GTX aims to create events in the spirit of the multidisciplinary competitions of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia at the height of the 70s.
The efficiency of the cars on the road sections will be combined with the results of two competitive events per day to determine the ranking.
The recovery of the unique Paris-Berlin won in 1901 by Henri Fornier in a Mors will include visits to Reims, Nancy, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Prague and Dresden.
Ratel explained that using eco-friendly machines will allow GTX to visit a variety of circuits, including some venues that no longer hold races.
“The idea is that we leave central Paris and then have a short 20 minute race in MontlhÃ©ry,” he told Motorsport.com.
“Then, in the afternoon, we could have drag races on the straight line of the old Reims circuit in front of the stands which are still there.”
Porsche Mission R Concept
Photo by: Porsche
A non-competitive GTX demo event from Geneva to Monaco is planned for next summer.
Ratel finally wants to take the GTX to several continents to create what he described as a “round the world” that will also integrate hydrogen and autonomous vehicles.
GTX is Ratel’s answer to the electrification demands of motorsport.
He thinks that electric endurance races are a long way off and wants to offer an alternative to the amateur pilot.
He pointed out that the duration of the main race of the new FIA Electric GT constructors’ championship is only 45 minutes with a pit stop halfway through to recharge the energy of the car batteries.
âIt will be difficult to replicate the fun and feel of our current GT3 cars over a reasonable amount of time for the gentleman driver in the short term,â he told Autosport.
âSo we want to offer our current clientele something different: we want to offer an experience that combines competition with the possibility of visiting the centers of some of the most beautiful cities.
“We are offering something completely different that is in the spirit of the customer race.”
Manufacturers have shown interest in producing cars for sale to customers, according to Ratel.
âWe have presented our ideas to a number of manufacturers and everyone has listened politely, and there seems to be potential interest,â he said.
“It could be interesting for manufacturers because it gives them the chance to show their cars right in the middle of big cities.”
He’s hoping for a mix of upgraded production electric vehicles and low-volume concept-type cars such as the Mission R unveiled by Porsche last month.
The GTX field will be supported by trucks carrying fast charging equipment that can each serve six cars.
He hopes to have 18 cars participate in the first edition of the Risen Paris-Berlin.