Formula E have released details for two sim-racing championships, one for the series’ official driver line-up and another for sim racers where the winner will be awarded a real-life FE test drive.
The ‘Race at Home’ Challenge will begin this Saturday and with two non-competition races and will then continue each week for an eight-round season.
Formula E are one of the last major series to launch an Esports platform, languishing behind the likes of Formula 1, IndyCar and MotoGP. When asked why the category was so slow in this regard, Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle said:
“If you can’t be first then you better make sure you’re different.
“[The Race at Home Challenge] is a pretty unique proposition.”
The virtual championship will use the rFactor 2 platform and will feature a unique ‘battle royale-esque’ format where the driver in last place at the end of each lap will be eliminated.
This will continue until there are only 10 competitors remaining, after which they will compete in a one-lap sprint to the finish.
To date, 14 FE drivers have confirmed their participation including New Zealand’s Mitch Evans. Other drivers include Stoffel Vandoorne, Alexander Sims, Lucas di Grassi and points leader Antonio Felix da Costa.
Alongside the official driver series will be the sim racer championship will feature 18 profession sim racers who must participate in a pre-qualification round during the week which is open to the public.
A real-life FE car test planned for later this year will be awarded to the sim racing champion.
All funds raised by the Eseries will be donated to UNICEF as a part of the global COVID-19 relief fund.
The races will be broadcasted via the Formula E website and all FE social media platforms.