Nicknamed the “Formula E of the sea”, E1 all-electric motor boat racing series hopes to add one of the most iconic racing cities to its inaugural season.
Created by Rodi Basso and Alejandro Agag, founder of Formula E and Extreme E off-road series, the new aquatic competition could see up to 12 teams compete in knockout races at 10 global venues.
During the presentation of a model of its electric propulsion hydrofoil Racebird at the Yacht Club de Monaco, the new series announced its ambitions to travel around the harbor of the principality. The event would mark a change of pace for the historic port, which is typically home to a few billion dollars in superyacht when Formula 1 and Formula E is coming to town.
The series said it was “in discussion with the relevant authorities in Monaco” as it finalized the course layout ahead of its debut season in 2023. The circuit could include sections inside Port Hercules and at the end of the line. exterior of the harbor walls along the Mediterranean coast.
The E1 series is also in talks with other host cities around the world and is expected to launch feasibility studies in European cities such as Rotterdam, the Netherlands and various locations in Hungary.
In Rotterdam, E1 is working with the city’s port authority to make the race part of the World Port Days festival, an annual maritime festival in the city.
In Hungary, the series even contemplates a race on the Danube including a section in front of the Hungarian Parliament.
The race is scheduled to begin in 2023 and each team will be equipped with a Racebird hydrofoil, which is expected to reach speeds of up to 50 knots (58 mph) and be powered by a 35 kWh battery.
E1 yesterday unveiled the first full-size model of the Racebird electric motor boat at the Yacht Club in Monaco. During the event, Agag and Basso were joined by Sophi Horne, designer of the Racebird; Brunello Acampora, founder and CEO of Victory Marine; and Raffaele Chiulli, president of the Union Internationale Motonautique – the international governing body of powerboating.
There is still work to be done on the craft before its first sea trials. Over the next few months, E1 said engineers will focus on integrating the battery and control systems, and how which they work with the powertrain.