For the first time, E1 will be exhibiting multiple RaceBirds in front of huge crowds, launching separate eye-catching new liveries with gender-equal split pilot teams.
The E1 Rotterdam Preview will take place at the 46th edition of the largest annual maritime event, World Port Days, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Across 1-3 September, more than 100,000 visitors each day, will witness multiple RaceBirds taking to the waters of Rotterdam.
Not only will the RaceBirds be running on the water at high speeds in front of the scenic Erasmus Bridge, E1 will debut multiple unique stunning liveries, each showcasing the colours of the championship.
Fans and spectators of the event will be able to view the racing action where pilots will participate in a series of challenges. More specifically, there will be two event styles, the Daikin Cup and the ComeOn Challenge, which will run each day over the course of Friday to Sunday.
The Daikin Cup will host time trials where the pilots will go head-to-head in the challenge around E1’s Infinity Course to see which team will come out on top with the quickest lap times.
The display will be an exciting preview of the format of the inaugural championship in 2024, where pilots will be racing in several heats at each event to determine who will progress to the next stage. The fastest teams and pilots will then advance to the final to decide the winner.
Alongside this challenge, the ComeOn Challenge will be a relay event with pilots handing over the RaceBird to their team partner at the mid-point of the race and will compete to be the first team to cross the finish line.
Pairings will change during each of the three days of World Port Days event. A first in electric powerboat racing, the teams will be equally split, with one female and one male pilot in each, promoting a gender-equal level playing field amongst competitors.
Utilising racing as a testbed for technology transfer, E1 is on a sustainability mission of driving electrification in the marine industry by supporting and creating important conversations around clean technologies, whilst fast-tracking the development of new solutions. Working with Rotterdam Port is just one example of how the series is achieving this.
Continuing from its exhibit the previous year, E1 will once again be partnering with Purpose Pole Position (PPP) as the official promoter of the race in Rotterdam, working together to collaborate with the government and key stakeholders to bring this event to life. Working with PPP fits in with the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s policy on contributing to the sustainability of transport from and to the port.
This race preview event in Rotterdam marks the start of the countdown to the inaugural season of the UIM E1 World Championship, where Jeddah will host the first-ever E1 Series race in early 2024. Developed to minimise environmental impact and maximise sustainable logistics solutions, the provisional UIM E1 World Championship racing schedule for Season One is now live.
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