Created by Dietrich Limper
on March 15, 2022
E-scooters have enjoyed great popularity for some years now as an alternative and clean means of transport. So it was only a matter of time before someone founded a professional racing series for the little runabouts. And this year, in mid-May, the time has come: at the eSkootr Championship, or eSC for short, the first drivers will take to the track at over 100 km/h in London, UK. Anyone who also wants to pimp their own e-scooter for private use will find many tuning options at SIP Scootershop.
The eSC racing series was founded in 2019 by Hrag Sarkissian (CEO), Lucas Di Grassi (Sustainability Ambassador), Khalil Beschir (COO), and probably the best-known face of the quartet: Alex Wurz (Safety Ambassador), known as a former race driver in Formula 1 for the Benetton, McLaren, and Williams teams. He also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997 and 2009. However, he will not be competing on two tires in the new eSC racing series.
E-Scooter Racing with eSC: the mission
According to the official website of the racing series, it's about three important things:
Sustainability The series aims to apply the best sustainability innovations from the racetrack to the everyday user’s micromobility experience, in turn encouraging more liveable cities across the world.
Safety A science-based commitment to safety is a fundamental requirement for any racing series, and motorsport has long been recognised as a potential incubator and accelerator for socially relevant technology innovation and transfer.
Accessibility We want everyone to have an equal opportunity to try our new sport and to aspire to be a future World Champion. To do this we are working to develop an accessible and clear pathway from the grassroots to elite level, with a national and regional infrastructure to facilitate rider and team development.
eSC Racing: race format and e-scooter
At present, the race series is still in the preparatory phase and is selecting the drivers who will finally enter the first race in May. Later on, the participants will not be permanently assigned to a team, but a rotation will ensure fair and exciting competition. Ultimately, ten teams of three drivers each will take part in the eSC, meaning that 30 drivers - male and female - will take part in each competition. The race format consists of a series of heats, with the top four from each heat advancing to the quarterfinals and the top three quarterfinalists advancing to the semifinals. The top three from each semifinal make up the starting lineup for the final. There is an individual championship and a team championship, with points being awarded in each group and round.
So far, the following race calendar has been set for 2022: May 13/14: London, UK May 27/28: Switzerland June 17/18: France July 15/16: Italy Sept. 16/17: Spain October: USA
All riders compete under the same conditions: with the twin-motor S1-X e-scooter developed by the eSC itself - allegedly the fastest e-scooter in the world at present. Powered by 2x6 KW, top speeds of over 100 km/h are achieved. The "bolide" weighs 40 kilograms, has hydraulic disc brakes and a chassis made of carbon fiber. The front and rear axles are made of aluminum, and the fairings and panels of natural fiber. The Italian manufacturer PMT Tyres, which is well known among scooter riders, has been won as a partner for the tires. Racing experience is thus abundant and Laura Pauselli from PMT is looking forward to the upcoming racing series: “We are very proud to be joining the eSkootr family as the Official Tyre Partner. We share eSC’s ambition’s for this exciting new championship as well as this entirely new category of global motorsport. We’re also aligned with eSC’s mission to transfer safety and sustainability relevance from the track to the real world of micromobility. Tyre innovation is vital to improving the safety of electric scooters on the road, especially in the wet.”
Anyone who wants to get on the S1-X e-scooter themselves and take part in the race series can apply on the eSC website. Experience with skiing, surfing, motorsports and BMX is an advantage, but theoretically anyone who dares to hit the track at over 100 km/h can take part.
Dietrich is content editor at SIP Scootershop. He's also an avid geocacher, poker player and supporter of the not really successful football club Bayer Leverkusen.