LEADING INDUSTRY FIGURES PRAISE NEW FIM E-XPLORER WORLD CUP
Leading figures from the world of motorsport on two and four wheels have given their public support to the new all-electric off-road motorcycle series the FIM E-Xplorer World Cup.
FIM President Jorge Viegas, Formula E, Extreme E and E1 creator Alejandro Agag together with renowned motorcycle promoter Eric Peronnard are all supporters of the new two-wheel series – that fuses action-packed racing, technical innovation, sustainability and exploration – agreeing it is set to become a ‘dominant player’ in the motorsport scene.
Speaking about the series, Viegas said: “The FIM has long been a leader and a strong advocate of sustainability in sport.
“Our FIM Environmental code is both extensive and seen by many others as the benchmark for delivering sustainable events.
“So, our continued and growing commitment to integrating electric motorcycles into our existing championships has always been a natural path.”
"...the FIM E-Xplorer World Cup marks a significant moment on this important journey..."
Adding: “The FIM E-Xplorer World Cup marks a significant moment on this important journey. The FIM is proud to be part of this exciting new project and will provide all the necessary support to ensure its success during its inaugural season and long into the future during which time electric power will become a dominant player in our sport.”
Agag, who is widely regarded as the pioneer of electric motorsport through his Formula E and more recently Extreme E series, said: “I have always had a vision that the future of motorsport should be electric, and that is now being realised.
“From where it all started with Formula E, to Extreme E, the E1 Series and now, and now E-Xplorer.
“The FIM, Eric Peronnard, together with the highly experienced team at E-Xplorer, have big plans and names to reveal over the coming weeks and months as they prepare for next year’s inaugural event and what I have no doubt will further promote the electric revolution on two-wheels.”
“We are long overdue a credible motorcycle series in the off-road segment and for me E-Xplorer is it," says Eric Peronnard.
"I've been a fan of electric bikes from the get-go - even creating the first electric motorcycle race back in 2008 - and been riding them ever since they've been on the market; they’re quiet, better for the planet, better for racing and simply more fun! Having a platform like E-Xplorer presents the ideal opportunity for manufacturers to come onboard to showcase not only their technology but their support for the future of riding.”
Commencing in early 2022, the FIM E-Xplorer World Cup will see 10 teams and 20 drivers compete in five global events spanning a mix of urban and natural outdoor locations. Aiming to harness the growing appetite for the electrification of motorsport, the series will act as a test bed for two-wheel technology, as well as appealing to the next generation of climate-conscious fans.