eSkootr is a high-speed electrical scooter racing collection launching in 2021
A bunch of System One and System E drivers is beginning a brand new racing collection that may pit opponents in opposition to one another on ultra-fast custom-built electrical scooters. The collection — dubbed “Electrical Scooter Championship,” or “eSkootr” — is about to launch in 2021, and the launch video reveals riders whizzing by metropolis streets on Tron-style autos and sporting matching neon-accented gear.
There are, sadly, few different particulars in regards to the collection, like the way it’s being funded or who the opponents will probably be. All of the organizers say is that the “class’s affordability removes the excessive barrier to entry seen in most different motorsport collection, and its versatility means the collection can recruit from a very numerous cross-section of opponents – together with racing drivers, cyclists, skaters, snowboarders, motorcyclists, and even esports racers.”
Whoever does compete will probably be placing themselves in a remarkably dangerous place, although, because the scooters are allegedly going to be able to outrageous prime speeds of round 100 kilometers per hour (about 62 miles per hour). They’ll characteristic giant platforms, fats tires, and full suspensions so as to deal with going that quick — at the least, in accordance with the launch video. However these sorts of speeds carry nice threat even with a purpose-built automobile and top-tier protecting gear. As for the place the scooters will come from, organizers say they’ve “already partnered with a recognised high-technology supplier” to construct them and can “reveal the prototype later this yr,” although they don’t identify the corporate.
The mission behind the collection tracks very intently to that of System E, the all-electric racing collection that launched in 2014. System E just isn’t simply about pushing the boundaries of electrical automobile efficiency. Virtually all of its races are run on short-term road circuits in a number of the world’s largest cities, with the aim of selling clear vitality know-how within the locations the place it’s most wanted.
The identical goes for eSkootr:
At every venue metropolis, the collection will convey collectively representatives from authorities, trade and civil society to assist outline insurance policies and practices to construct a extra sustainable and deliverable imaginative and prescient of future city transportation.
It’ll present how densely populated areas can effectively construct protected, sustainable metropolis networks the place escooters, ebikes and bicycles all share area collectively.
And it’ll introduce a recent mobility panorama to metropolis commuters who’ve spent a long time travelling clogged and congested routes by motor automotive.
This shared imaginative and prescient ought to come as no shock to System E followers, as one among eSkootr’s organizers is season 3 champion Lucas di Grassi. The Audi staff driver was instrumental in getting System E off the bottom, serving as its first check driver and later as its largest model ambassador. Now, he’s doing the identical for this new scooter collection.
It’s doable that eSkootr races might be run on System E’s road circuits as a form of help collection, although the organizers don’t say that explicitly within the announcement. System E has lengthy sought a gentle help class to assist fill out its all-in-one-day race schedule. In season 1, that slot was occupied by the “Faculty Sequence,” which featured students building and racing small electric cars on the full-size street circuits. An autonomous racing series called Roborace was speculated to finally take over because the undercard, although that effort has mutated, and Roborace is now more of its own thing (and can also be helmed by di Grassi).
Jaguar, which competes in System E, has organized a help collection made up of I-Tempo electrical SUVs for the previous two seasons. However that collection is getting the axe this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.