The world’s first electric powerboat racing championship will feature craft influenced by birds flying low over water. The news was revealed Monday (7 June) during a virtual launch event, where E1 Series organisers also unveiled the new design of the electric RaceBird powerboat.
London and Riyadh (7th June 2021) Electric Sea Racing Limited (‘E1 Series’) and PIF (the Public Investment Fund) have entered into a partnership that will see PIF support in creating the world’s first electric powerboat racing championship.
The partnership represents a significant step forward in the long-term development of the championship, providing a strong foundation on which to build from and enabling the series to further accelerate preparations for the inaugural season, scheduled to take place in early 2023 – with Saudi Arabia to be one of the considered race locations.
The vessel is a completely new design and was co-created by Horne and Acampora following an extensive validation process. The RaceBird is inspired by nature and birds flying low over the water and features an outboard motor, enclosed safety canopy and hydrofoil technology.
Using innovative hydrofoil technology, the electric RaceBird powerboats will rise high above the water’s surface, allowing for minimum drag and maximum energy efficiency. Being lifted above the waves will not only improve performance, but it will also promote close and competitive racing with a reduced wake when following an opponent.
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.