As it turns out, you don’t need to go marble for your Formula E fix. Because, it is going virtual. The all-electric street racing series will enter the virtual world with the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge.
The challenge, which will span over nine weeks, will see teams and drivers from the physical ABB FIA Formula E Championship, as well as a selection of top esports athletes going head-to-head while staying far apart from each other.
What the Race is About
“The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge will feature two separate grids running in parallel, one comprised of drivers from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the other one filled by some of the fastest gamers and influencers. The winning gamer will make the transition from the gaming world to secure real-life track time on a Formula E circuit during a race weekend…. Drivers and gamers will compete using rFactor 2 simulator software in a number of online events taking place over a nine-week period from the safety of their own homes.”
Races will be conducted weekend starting this Saturday, April 25 at 16:30 CEST. Technically, the series started last Saturday with a pre-season test event on April 18. Grand Final will be on June 13.
Throughout the series, world feed commentator Jack Nicholls, Formula E pitlane reporter Nicki Shields and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will fill in as the remote presentation team. So, it will be just like the real-deal.
For a Good Cause
In addition to providing motorsports and esports fans alike with the adrenaline rush of racing, virtual ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge is for a good caused.
Donations from the competition will be directed by UNICEF to a range of emergency projects around the world, including contributing to the supply of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers as well as setting up home learning schemes for children currently out of school.
How to Watch the Race
You will be able to the live races each weekend by tuning in to Formula E’s various social medial platforms including YouTube, Facebook and Facebook Gaming, Twitch and on Twitter. You can also view the live virtual race on BMW Motorsport YouTube channel as well as on BMW Motorsport Facebook page.
All images courtesy of BMW Group.