The fully electric E1 World Championship has announced a new team, Team Brazil, ahead of its first race in Jeddah next month.
Founded by technology entrepreneur Marcelo Claure, Team Brazil will be on the startline on February 2-3, 2024, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for the first-ever E1 race, alongside other teams owned by some of the world’s biggest celebrity names, among them Tom Brady, Rafael Nadal, Marc Anthony, Steve Aoki, Sergio Perez, Didier Drogba, and Virat Kohli.
Up to 10 teams will compete in the inaugural UIM E1 World Championship season, each battling it out to secure the coveted E1 title of Champions Of The Water. Each team will choose two pilots to share driving duties throughout the event, with regulations mandating each team to select a mixed gender pilot line-up to ensure equal opportunities in the sport.
After the debut in the Middle East, the championship schedule includes races in Venice, Italy on May 11th and 12th, Puerto Banús in Southern Spain on June 1st and 2nd, Geneva, Switzerland on June 29th and 30th, Monaco on July 26th and 27th, Rotterdam, Netherlands on September 7th and 8th, and the decisive race in Hong Kong on November 9th and 10th.
“I am excited to be part of this revolution in the world of powersports”, said Marcelo Claure, “E1 represents a move towards a more sustainable and innovative future, with greater commitment to environmental responsibility. I look forward to combining the passion Brazilians have for sports and the extensive reach of the E1 platform to catalyze the E1 mission to advance marine sustainability as well as to contribute to Brazil’s continued leadership in global sustainability discussions. I’m excited to have Team Brazil in this competition with our talented team of drivers”.
Rodi Basso, CEO and co-founder of E1, said: “One of the most in-demand properties in sport at the moment is a place on the E1 start line, and we are delighted to see Marcelo and Team Brazil claim one of those spots for 2024. It’s also a milestone for the championship as we enter South America for the first time, and progresses our desire for E1 to be a truly global series.”
Alejandro Agag, Chairman and co-founder of E1, said: “The team couldn’t be in a safer pair of hands than Marcelo’s, bringing his drive to succeed and extensive international business experience to E1. I look forward to seeing the unique and exciting flair Team Brazil will bring to E1 in 2024.“