Inaugural E1 Championship coming to Monaco

E1 boat in Venice

Monaco will host an E1 Championship race during the inaugural season of the electric powerboat racing series in 2024, whilst the identities of three other host cities have been revealed. 

The world’s first – and only – all-electric race boat championship will finally get underway in 2024. The first race will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, although the exact date is yet to be announced. There will then be a further race in the Middle East in February, although the location is yet to be revealed.

The flotilla will then head to Europe with two races in Venice in April and May before another, as yet unconfirmed race in Europe. It will then be Monaco’s turn to host a race in the Principality’s harbour in July, before the seventh and final race of the season in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

What is the format of the race?

In E1’s announcement, more light was also shed on the logistics of the races themselves. The races themselves will take place close to the shore, allowing spectators in attendance a good view of the action. Each event will take place over two days with practice sessions, qualifying and knockout races. Pilots will go head-to-head in a number of heats to determine who progresses to the next stage. The fastest will advance to the final.

Big-name involvements

Some big names will be involved in the championship. Rafael Nadal announced that he will be entering a team into the E1 Championship back in January. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez has entered into the championship as ‘Team Mexico,’ whilst legendary former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has also entered a team. Currently, Venice Racing Team is the only other confirmed participant, but more will be confirmed in due course. Up to 10 teams and 20 pilots could ultimately be involved in the inaugural season.

Rafael Nadal – Photo source: E1 Championship

“It’s a fantastic day for the UIM E1 Championship as we confirm our first-ever racing calendar. We are keeping the door open to new venues for the calendar and expect to confirm them very soon. It’s an exciting time for the championship,” said Rodi Baddo, co-founder and CEO of E1.

After years of preparation, the E1 championship is finally taking shape and the much-anticipated inaugural season is now just six months away.


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