The E1 Series is the world’s first and only electric powerboat racing series. The series was established to create an exciting, competitive racing platform to promote sustainable electric watercraft and reduce the environmental pressures being placed on the ocean, rivers and lakes.
The UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series will see up to 12 teams competing on the water in spectacular global race locations. The pilots will tackle tight and technical circuits, reaching speeds close to 50 knots (93 km/h or 58 mph) behind the wheel of the RaceBird powerboats designed by SeaBird Technologies and Victory Marine.
The E1 Series was launched in 2020 by two close friends from the automotive world, Alejandro Agag and Rodi Basso.
Alejandro is a groundbreaking pioneer of sustainable motorsport, having created three electric racing series from scratch: Formula E, Extreme E and now the E1 Series. Rodi Basso is an entrepreneurial motorsport engineer with a passion for the sea and innovation, with an impressive background in Formula 1 working with Ferrari and Red Bull Racing (as well as time working with NASA).
During the COVID-19 lockdown, the two friends were taking a walk together on the River Thames in London and mused that the marine transportation world needed to catch up with the automotive world in adopting electric power.
From experience, they know that sport is a powerful platform for making change in the wider world, so they decided to create the E1 Series to not only offer exciting electric powerboat racing at spectacular venues around the world, but to drive innovation and change in marine mobility and try to leave a sustainable legacy in ports.
The RaceBird is specially designed for foil-to-foil racing and is capable of reaching speeds up to 50 knots (93 km/h or 58 mph), with pilots showcasing their skills using tight and technical circuits located close to shore in the heart of urban areas.
The new design was co-created by SeaBird Technologies Founder Sophi Horne, alongside Brunello Acampora, Founder & CEO of Victory Marine, which is the Official RaceBird Engineering and Manufacturing Supplier of the E1 Series.
The RaceBird electric powerboat is inspired by nature and birds hovering above the water and features an outboard motor, enclosed safety canopy, and hydrofoil technology.
Using innovative hydrofoil technology, the electric RaceBird powerboats will rise above the water’s surface, allowing for minimum drag and maximum energy efficiency. Being lifted above the surface will not only improve performance, but also promote close and competitive racing with a reduced wake when following an opponent.
With the design now validated, the RaceBird has entered into the production phase with the expert engineers at Victory Marine concentrating their efforts and resources over the coming months on manufacturing a full fleet of race-ready electric powerboats.
This week, E1 Series announced that Kreisel Electric is official battery partner of the E1 Series.