Formula E to launch its new eSports competition
12 January 2021
Formula E announced the launch of “Formula E: Accelerate”, its new eSports competition which builds on the success of 2020’s ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF. The six events competition will see 24 rising stars from the world of eSports and motorsport compete against one another in a simulated racing experience using rFactor2 software from January 28th till March 25th.
Blending the virtual and the real worlds, each competitor will score “Formula E: Accelerate” points for a real-life Formula E team and will receive expert tips, mentoring and other talent development opportunities from the team they are linked to. Online qualifying are already open to the public prior to the competition, offering at least three spots on the eSports competition virtual grid. Everyone who attends all six races will receive a share of a minimum prize pool of €100,000 with the overall winner earning a test drive in a Formula E Gen2 car. Please note that there will be two additional virtual races, each featuring 12 real-life Formula E drivers during Round 4 and the Grand Final, with points being added to the overall team standings.
“Following the success of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF, we have evolved our eSports product for both gamers and fans. The added elements of energy management and Attack Mode translate the real-life Formula E racing experience into the virtual world more accurately than ever before and tests the sim racers’ ability to master electric racing”, said Hannah Brown, Chief Strategy and Business Officer of Formula E. “Formula E continues to create opportunities for fans and the next generations of racing drivers to get involved with the sport, and “Formula E: Accelerate” will see a number of improvements that brings us closer to the real-life experience since our last event”, added Stoffel Vandoorne, ABB Formula E Race at Home Drive Grid winner.
Each 25-minute race will be broadcasted in a 90-minute programme featuring Formula E drivers, Team principals and special guest. The entire competition, sponsored by its Premium Partner Allianz and Official Partners ABB and DHL, will be live on Formula E social and streaming platforms.