December 10, 2023

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Formula E founder Agag’s latest gig is electric powerboat racing

LONDON — Formula E and Serious E founder Alejandro Agag introduced the world’s initial electric powered powerboat racing championship on Friday, presenting E1 as a best fit for his other electric powered sequence.

The sequence aims for a 2022 debut and functions solitary-pilot RaceBird boats with hydrofoil technological know-how and capable to race at speeds of up to sixty knots — equal to 111 kph or 69 mph — on seas and lakes.

The system is currently being designed with SailGP, a substantial-tech sailing sequence operate by 5-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts, who will be a technological know-how and technical companion.

Agag explained to Reuters in advance of a presentation at the Monaco Yacht Club that the time was appropriate for a sequence marketing electric powered boats.

“If there is not a marketplace, we will build a marketplace for this since it is a little something that is needed,” claimed the Spaniard, who will be non-executive chairman with former F1 engineer Rodi Basso as chief executive.

“To electrify (transportation on) the sea or the lakes or the rivers I think is needed since it is a purely natural stage in preventing pollution in the drinking water, which is a definitely severe difficulty.

“At the stop of the day there is a marketplace, since there is a huge marketplace versus local climate change.”

Formula E is a metropolis-primarily based all-electric powered sequence that is about to start out its seventh period and has FIA globe championship position.

Serious E debuts following calendar year, highlighting the consequences of local climate change by racing in remote and severe environments which include the Brazilian rain forest and Greenland. 6 moments Formula 1 globe champion Lewis Hamilton is coming into a staff.

The sequence uses a refurbished former mail ship as a floating paddock and that would also home the powerboats at races outside the house Europe.

“We have a unique option to be a hybrid virtually, if you like, with Serious E and Formula E,” claimed Agag of the E1 powerboat sequence which will have up to 12 teams and be sanctioned by the sport’s governing UIM.

He claimed the powerboats could race alongside Serious E in locations this kind of as Greenland or the Amazon but also in cities like Geneva or London with no owning to establish any infrastructure.

Agag claimed Formula E experienced always desired to race in Tokyo but confronted way too lots of urban issues. An electric powered powerboat race in the Bay of Tokyo would prevail over that.

“I think this is going to incorporate the greatest of the two. We are going to be in cities all over the globe and we are going to be in pretty remote locations highlighting local climate change,” he claimed.

Basso, a former motorsport director at McLaren Used Technologies and a eager sailor, explained to Reuters E1 would be a pure electric powered sequence influenced by sailing.

“The greatest second when you are on a sailing boat is when you swap off the engine and you go only with the sails since there is the silence and immersion with nature,” he claimed.

Basso claimed the goal was to exam the boat in Greenland at the stop of August following calendar year.

New Zealander Coutts noticed prevalent floor in between electric powered powerboating and sailing.

“We are powered by nature, and SailGP and E1 share the innate desire and feeling of reason to be top innovators of sustainable technological know-how,” he claimed in a statement.