London hosts first-ever electric scooter racing world championship

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London was the first city in the world to host a new racing series involving electric scooters, where riders reached over 60mph and cornered at 60-degree angles on the high-performance battery vehicles.

The eSkootr Championship (eSC), the world’s first micromobility racing series, is intended to pioneer advanced e-mobility technologies and encourage the adoption of low-emission personal transportation.

Developed and manufactured by YCOM, the S1-X is a high-performance electric racing scooter designed specifically for the intense, wheel-to-wheel racing of the eSC. Unlike the vast majority of commuter e-scooters, the S1-X uses dual hub motors in combination with a 1.33kWh battery. While a street scooter may have around 250W of power, the S1-X has a claimed combined 12000W.

“Combining advanced engineering, state-of-the-art electric propulsion technology and competitive riders from across the globe, eSC is a sport like no other,” explained Nicola Scimeca, Founder & CBDO at YCOM. “At a quick glance, the S1-X may look similar to the electric commuter scooters that are now popular in cities, but it most certainly is not.

“Closer inspection would highlight the slick aerodynamic bodywork made from advanced low-emission natural fiber composites from Bcomp, exotic materials, aggressive motorsport-derived design, a suite of sophisticated control features and, of course, powerful motors. The S1-X is a racing machine through and through.”

Nicola Scimeca continued: “It was very exciting to see the S1-X in action for the eSC’s first-ever race. Given the rich history of British motorsport and London’s culture of innovation, it was the perfect location to launch this bold, new e-mobility racing series. Sustainability in racing – as well as wider mobility and transport – is now a critical engineering consideration and it is fantastic to see the first eSC race highlight its potential.”

The 2022 eSC season will be spread across six rounds. The next round will be held in Switzerland later this month before the competition travels to Italy, France, Spain and, finally, the USA in October. Subsequent seasons are said to incorporate more locations and tracks.

Khalil Beschir, eSkootr Championship COO and co-founder, commented:

“The response around the world to eSC has been phenomenal and our fans seem to really love seeing our new sporting heroes – a diverse line-up of male and female riders from a variety of sporting backgrounds – racing each other elbow-to-elbow in our intense heat format.

“Safety and sustainability are at the heart of eSC and by having our second championship round in the city of Sion we want to demonstrate our commitment to creating more liveable urban areas around the world. With the International Transition Festival being held alongside our event, the spotlight will be very firmly on what is important to us.

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