The ABB Formula E world championship announced on Wednesday that in partnership with UNICEF they have launched a new E Racing series. The news comes with a twist,the ABB FIA Formula E drivers currently on the grid will compete in parallel with gamers from around the world with the winner from the gaming element receiving seat time in an ABB FIA Formula E car later in the season at an ePrix event.
The funds raised during the events will go directly to UNICEF and their Coronavirus campaign to make children aware of the virus.
The nine week season gets underway with a test on the Saturday 18th April. The ABB Formula E Race At Home Challenge will crown two champions at the season finale on June 13. The eight events after that will follow the same principal as the regular ABB Formula E race events.
The series will feature all the up to day teams, drivers and car liveries including eight tracks on the ABB Formula E calendar such as New York and London.
Speaking about the new e series,ABB Formula E Chief Executive Officer Jamie Reigle said:
We are excited to reveal the first major fundraising initiative of our partnership with UNICEF to support the global coronavirus appeal. Formula E is a platform with a purpose to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and combat climate change, therefore we are proud to race for a meaningful cause in gaming realm with the current health crisis in mind. The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge is a powerful sporting manifestation of the UNICEF partnership, supporting our fundraising efforts across the entire Formula E community, offering our fans engaging new content and viewing experiences and getting our teams, drivers and partners back to racing.
DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix Da Costa said:
I think this is a fantastic initiative by Formula E to add another esports element to the championship and provide the opportunity of a lifetime for one gamer to get behind the wheel of a real race car. Motor racing is actually one of only a few sports with transferrable skills across both the real and gaming world. So, it will be interesting to see how we get acclimatised to the conditions. As a driver, naturally we miss racing and I cannot wait to get back on track in a Formula E car. It is also nice to be racing for a good cause and I hope fans will enjoy watching the events from home.
The races will be broadcast live via ABB Formula E’s social media channels as well as via https://www.fiaformulae.com/ some races will be broadcast by select global TV partners of ABB Formula E.
Three time Indianapolis 500 and four time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti will be joined by Nicki Shields and Jack Nicholls who will provide commentary from the comfort of their own homes.