FIA Formula E teams are in Las Vegas for the million-dollar e-sports virtual race.
By: FIA Formula E
January 6 2017
All-electric Formula E car takes to the Las Vegas Strip ahead of million-dollar virtual race
Las Vegas, Nevada - Formula E - the electric street racing series - provided a glimpse of the fully-electric single-seater in action along the Las Vegas Strip ahead of the Visa Vegas eRace on Saturday, January 7.
Watch the Formula E car make its way along the iconic Las Vegas Strip - https://youtu.be/zHg1-SlXmJY
The all-electric Formula E car arrived in convoy with the Qualcomm Safety Car - the BMW i8 - and the new Jaguar I-PACE Concept on its first public demonstration, in the hands of Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing), Antonio Felix da Costa (Andretti Formula E) and Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing).
Almost three years after the Spark-Renault SRT_01E made its debut in Las Vegas, all 20 Formula E drivers and 10 sim racers will test their skills on a bespoke track, incorporating the famous Las Vegas Strip, for the opportunity to win a share of $1 million - the biggest prize in eSports racing history.
The ground-breaking Visa Vegas eRace is taking place at The Venetian Hotel as part of Sports Business Innovation at 16:00 (PST) on the 50th edition of CES on Saturday.
Formula E returns to US soil for the inaugural running of the New York City ePrix on July 15 and 16, against the backdrop of Lower Manhattan on the purpose-built Brooklyn Street Circuit.
To follow the Visa Vegas eRace live visit - www.twitch.tv/eleaguetv / www.fiaformulae.com
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About the FIA Formula E Championship:
The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, competing on the streets against the backdrop of some of the most iconic cities - including Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Monaco, Paris, New York and Montreal. The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions. Future seasons will see the regulations open up further allowing manufacturers to focus on the development of motor and battery components, which in turn will filter down to everyday contemporary electric road vehicles.
The 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship sees 10 teams and 20 drivers go wheel-to-wheel in 10 cities spanning five continents in the fight to be crowned Formula E champion. The inaugural season of Formula E sparked into life in September 2014 around the grounds of the Olympic Park in Beijing. The third season of the electric street racing series gets underway on October 9 in Hong Kong, with the season finale double-header in Montreal on July 29 & 30.
About FIA & Michelin - Today’s partners for tomorrow’s mobility:
As well as being the official Formula E tyre supplier, Michelin is an official partner, at the international level, of the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign. The programme is designed to support the Decade of Action for Road Safety initiated by the UN, the aim of which is to save five million lives over the next 10 years. This programme is set-up to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviours around the globe.