The world’s newest racing championship made a spectacular debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as the eSkootr Championship (eSC) delighted the capacity crowds at the UK’s biggest motorsport event.
Over the four days (23-26 June), riders Elise Christie, Tre Whyte, Nicci Daly, Dan Brooks, Jordan Rand and Danny Skinner ran their S1-X eSkootrs on the famous hill climb track in the South-East of England and performed demonstration runs twice a day for fans.
Between shows, the riders, who come from a wide variety of sporting disciplines, including motorcycle racing, speed skating, BMX and hockey, met visitors flocking to the festival inspiring new fans to follow the inclusive and accessible racing series. Among the 200,000 visitors enjoying a close-up look at eSC were Caitlyn Jenner, who has started her own team in the W Series. The activist was especially impressed to learn about the brand-new sport of electric scooter racing that is gender-neutral, inclusive, affordable and carbon-neutral from the start.
On track were star turns such as Max Chilton setting a new FOS hillclimb speed record in the amazing McMurtry Spéirling fan car and show runs from 1992 F1 world champion Nigel Mansell and 1992 MotoGP world champion Wayne Rainey while visitors could get up close to classic cars from the 50-year history of BMW’s sporting M-class.
But eyes were also firmly on the future of racing as eSC took its place in the Future Lab that showcases the very latest in interactive technology, robotics and new sports. Hosted by live show star and tech podcaster Marcus Bronzy, the eSC exhibition gave visitors the chance to get up close to the S1-X eSkootr and experience the tech-driven broadcast and ground-breaking Electrik City immersive studio that hosts the live broadcasts of the eSC and provides a digital 360 vision of safer, sustainable, more liveable urban environments for the future.