UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series.
UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series, was launched at the Monaco Yacht Club to advance a global category that will drive the electric revolution on water.
The UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series is the work of the Spanish businessman Alejandro Agag, founder of Formula E and Extreme E; Rodi Basso, former McLaren Director of Motorsports, and Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, President of the Union International de Motonautica (UIM).
It is time to bring to the marine environment the spectacular advances that have been made with electric power in motor sport.
This series will appeal to sports audiences, boating enthusiasts, technology enthusiasts, and also ocean conservationists who care about the future of the planet.
The UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series will lead the way in electrifying mobility on water for future generations.
Agag will be the non-executive chairman of the new company, Rodi Basso, a former Italian aerospace engineer who has worked with NASA, Ferrari and Red Bull in Formula 1, and Magneti Marelli and McLaren Applied Technologies in the high-tech industry, will assume the role of CEO.
The UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series will feature high-performance racing boats powered entirely by electric propulsion systems and will compete on circuits in prestigious cities and at stunning remote locations around the world.
The futuristic RaceBird boats being developed for the series incorporate airboat technology, will be driven by individual pilots and will be capable of impressive speeds of up to 60 knots / 111 km / h / 69 mph.
Designed by Sophi Horne, the boats will look like something never seen before on the water. The concept will be developed in partnership with SailGP, a global racing league that boasts the fastest sailing races in the world. As part of the strategic partnership, SailGP will also provide event management and logistics support.
The plan is to attract up to 12 teams that will buy each of the boats, one based in Europe and another that will be stored in the St. Helena, a restored old ship that the series will use as a “floating paddock” for competitions outside Europe .