World’s first-ever electric race scooter series

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The upper-most level of world-wide motorsports has been too dependent upon money and not enough about taking care of our environment. In response, the eSkootr Championship™ (eSC) will be a global, intense, fiercely competitive, affordable and environmentally-friendly motorsports championship that will be contested by highly skilled, brave athletes from around the world — on powerful scooters!

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Promotional e​Skootr Championship™ video — courtesy eSkootr Championship™

The racing professionals will be chosen “from a truly diverse cross-section of competitors – including racing drivers, cyclists, skaters, snowboarders, motorcyclists, and even esports racers.”

The race scooters will be electric. “The eSC has already partnered with a recognized high-technology provider on the spec of its first race model.” Since they are scooters, they will literally and figuratively provide a small footprint, representing and advocating for a sustainable mode of urban transportation that will not require ever-increasing ribbons of traffic-clogged, multi-lane roadways.

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

eSC e​Skootr render

These will be purpose-built, high-speed (60mph, 100km/h) scooters that are strictly intended for use in professional motorsports at this, the highest level.

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

Accordingly, the people who will ride on them must be world-class athletes, the best of the best.

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

Hopefully eSkootr racing will equalize the scooters, so that the competitive emphasis will squarely be on the riders, as it is in sports that emphasize the athleticism of the participants, not their equipment. By way of comparison, for the past several years in Formula 1 racing, Mercedes drivers have had an almost insurmountable advantage. Considering how dangerous eSkootr racing might be to the riders, those who win consistently could likely be seen as courageous.

The race circuits will be conveniently located in the heart of major cities, making them easy for spectators to get to. The eSC will showcase sustainable urban transportation in densely populated areas “where escooters, ebikes and bicycles all share space together.” At each venue city, the series will bring together representatives from government, industry and civil society who will help define the policies and practices to build and deliver this vision of future urban transportation.

The COO of the eSkootr Championship™ is Formula 1 broadcaster and former A1 GP racing driver Khalil Beschir, with support from Formula E racer and UN Ambassador Lucas di Grassi, and former Formula 1 driver Alex Wurz. Dr. Cristiana Pace — whose motorsports career spans over 20 years and who is one of the motorsports world’s leading authorities on sustainability — has been appointed “the chair of its Sustainability Commission, the body that will oversee the growth and development of sustainable and environmental practices within the series and via its technical partnerships.”

According to Hrag Sarkissian, eSkootr Championship™ CEO and co-founder: “The eSC will define how micromobility and motor racing could and should work together – not only by making the partnership wholly environmentally sustainable, but by also using it to dynamically fast-track concepts and ideas that can reframe mobility for every level of society.”

Hrag Sarkissian, eSkootr Championship™ CEO and co-founder

Hrag Sarkissian, eSkootr Championship™ CEO and co-founder

Co-founder Khalil Beschir explained the genesis of the eSC this way: “After seeing the potential for the growth of micromobility and escooters, we spent several years developing a concept and vision for the Electric Scooter Championship. More recently, the coronavirus has further developed the conversation about how we can do things better; how we can make effective, meaningful change that has a positive impact on our cities and the people around us.”

Khalil Beschir, eSkootr Championship™ COO and co-founder

Khalil Beschir, eSkootr Championship™ COO and co-founder

“In creating the eSC, we wanted to celebrate the concept of mobilizing cities and liberating people who have been trapped within a transport system that no longer properly works. By aligning that with a new category of motorsport – one that works for both participants and audience – we feel we can accelerate a collective conversation about mobility that will take us far into the future. When we go racing … it will be as a means to change motorsport and mobility forever."

eSC Safety Ambassador Alex Wurz said: “As a racer, I want to create a series that has all the thrill and intensity of the motorsport series we all grew up with, but with the costs and responsibility that make it accessible and appealing to everyone.”

A​lex Wurz, eSC Safety Ambassador and former Formula 1 driver

A​lex Wurz, eSC Safety Ambassador and former Formula 1 driver

Lucas di Grassi, eSC Sustainability Ambassador, tells us: “As we’ve already seen with Formula E, there is considerable scope for disruption within the electric mobility space – both on and off the track. And, as the discussion around micromobility grows, the Electric Scooter Championship™ is perfectly placed to amplify the benefits of clean, sustainable transport solutions within our everyday lives.”

Lucas di Grassi, Formula E racer and eSC Sustainability Ambassador

Lucas di Grassi, Formula E racer and eSC Sustainability Ambassador

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

e​SC eSkootr launch shoot

To learn more about the eSkootr Championship™, its first race in 2021, pathways to becoming a rider and more, visit www.eSC.live

Copyright © 2021 by Jan Wagner – AutoMatters & More #680r2

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  • Firefighters who run into a burning building to rescue someone may be classed as heroes - someone riding a scooter may not. Also, you refer to this as an "environmentally-friendly" - according to the scientists from North Carolina State University, who conducted a study to analyse the different stages of production/running and end of life/recycling "electric scooters are not really an eco-friendly means of transportation today. In fact, regarding the carbon footprint, scooters emit about 202 g of CO2 per km and per passenger over their entire life cycle. It’s about as much as a conventional car and 3,5 times more than an electric car."

      1 month ago
    • I completely agree with your comment about the correct use of the word heroes, and I will change that, but first I need to find a more appropriate word to describe these competitors. Can you think of a similar but more appropriate word?

      I...

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        1 month ago
    • In the context of your article, I would consider 'fortunate' to be more appropriate - as far as the question of carbon footprint goes, I have no idea but this article may shed some light......

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        1 month ago
  • I think this sport has a good chance of gaining a foothold. Compared to other motor sports, for the rider it’s relatively economical to get into, and for the promotor, not hugely expensive to set up. I’m not sure of safety. I see more likelyhood of injury from falling off a scooter at 100 km/h than from a motor bike at 200 km/h.

    It should succeed on TV, and will attract the type of audience that liked the X-Games. However, it will likely have limited appeal as eSkootr racing will be compared to MotoGP much the same as GoCarts are compared to F1.

    But I’ll keep an open mind. Just look how Jake Burton took snowboarding to an Olympic sport within his own lifetime.

      1 month ago
    • Thanks, David, for prompting me to give eSkootr racing some more thought. I am probably going to add the following to this column, when I am back at my computer.

      In Formula 1 racing, for several years Mercedes drivers have had an almost...

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        1 month ago
    • Hi Jan. The addition to your column would be worthwhile. I’m still concerned about safety. In the various forms of automobile racing, the drivers are protected at minimum by a HANS device and a five point seat harness.

      From the video and...

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        1 month ago
  • Where does one purchase those scooters? It’d be a hoot for the weekly grocery run to the shops.

      1 month ago
    • I suggest going to the eSkootr Championship's website and sending them a message, expressing your interest. The website's address is in my column.

        1 month ago
    • I've just added a bunch of new, official renderings and photos!

      Jan

        1 month ago
  • Disappointing to see renders of the scooter without the double-crown fork.

      1 month ago
    • I wonder why they made that change? What would have been the benefits of the double fork design? What are the benefits of a single fork design? Weight and cost reduction?

      Jan

        1 month ago
    • The main advantage of a double-crown fork would be stiffness. Single crown design is obviously for cost and weight reduction. But at the speeds those scooter are intended for, a double-crown fork would offer better rigidity, translating...

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        1 month ago
  • Wonder if they will do a electric mobility scooter racing series for the elderly racers?

      1 month ago
    • Ben,

      I suppose they might, if this becomes really popular, but I don't think this would be recommended for elderly racers because of the increased likelihood for the elderly to suffer broken bones in falls.

      Jan

        1 month ago
    • I was thinking they could use faster versions of these beasts

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