Less than 100 days to launch of first all-electric UIM E1 raceboat championship

The first dates for the UIM E1 World Championship, the first all-electric raceboat championship, have been revealed, with the race to make its stunning debut in Jeddah in February, before making its way to the shores of Monaco.

The first-ever E1 race – the E1 Jeddah GP – will take place on 2nd and 3rd February, at the spectacular Jeddah Corniche.

Featuring mixed-gender teams competing in an iconic one-design fleet of RaceBirds, Jeddah will be the first stop of a global championship that will span the world throughout the year.

Presented in partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Sport and the Saudi Water Sports and Diving Federation, the racing at the Jeddah Corniche will take place close to shore on the sparkling waters of the Red Sea, ensuring a thrilling experience for fans.

“The Jeddah Corniche will provide a spectacular backdrop for our debut event,” Alejandro Agag, Chairman and co-founder of E1, said. “I’m so pleased to be taking one step closer to our first E1 race.”

World famous team owners

Up to 10 teams will compete in the inaugural UIM E1 World Championship season, each battling it out to secure the coveted E1 title of Champions Of The Water. The league has already announced world-famous team owners including Rafael Nadal, Tom Brady, Steve Aoki, Didier Drogba, Virat Kohli and Sergio Perez, with more to come.

“We are thrilled to get the first dates in our fans’ calendars as the first-ever E1 Grand Prix is about to arrive,” said Rodi Basso, CEO and co-founder of E1. “We know that audiences around the world will love our unique racing in stunning locations, as we make a positive impact on our race locations with our all-electric race fleet.”

Each team will choose two pilots to share driving duties throughout the event, with regulations mandating each team to select a mixed gender pilot line-up to ensure equal opportunities in the sport.

Onsite, fans can enjoy the first-ever Acceleration Festival, E1’s dedicated village for attendees with a wide variety of entertainment options and experiences. Ticketing details will be released shortly.

Promoting sustainable technologies in the Red Sea

“Our partnership with the UIM E1Championship will help accelerate the growth of water sports in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Saudi WaterSports and Diving Federation said. “This exciting race, in which the world’s best athletes will participate, serves as an ideal incentive for participation in water sports and a source of inspiration for the nine million people living on the Red Sea coast to improve their lives through sustainable technologies developed by E1. We are proud to host the inaugural event of this exciting global championship.”

After the inaugural race in Jeddeh, the championship will make its way to Monaco in July 2024. For more on the championship, the E1 Jeddah GP and details on how to watch or buy tickets head to e1series.com


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