Simracing League "Accelerate" in Formula E

After the postponement of the start of the 2021 season, on January 7 of the same year, Formula E launched a new e-sports league to, among other things, bridge the time until the start of the championship. The sim racing series "Accelerate" consisted of six events between January and March 2021, which were held in the rFactor 2 software. Compared to the "Race at Home Challenge" one year earlier, Accelerate introduced some new features.

This time, the focus of Accelerate was primarily on professional sim racers and less on the "real" Formula E drivers. In a qualifying session on the virtual Formula E track of Berlin-Tempelhof in January, the fastest 24 drivers qualified. They each started for a real Formula E team and accordingly collected points for their team's account. In addition, they received expert tips, support and advice, as well as further talent promotion from their racing team.

As part of the fourth event and the final, two more virtual races were held with twelve real Formula E drivers - one per racing team. The points from these races were added to the team overall standings.

Two further "Accelerate" championship seasons were launched in 2022 and 2023.

2021 Drivers' Standings
Pos. Driver Team Points
1 Frederik Rasmussen Dragon 143
2 Erhan Jajovski Venturi 135
3 Kevin Siggy BMW 75
4 Graham Carroll Virgin 58
5 Jarno Opmeer Mercedes 49
6 Nikodem Wisniewski DS Techeetah 39
7 Marius Golombeck Porsche 37
8 Martin Stefanko Jaguar Racing 32
9 Manuel Biancolilla Audi 28
10 Lorenz Hörzing Venturi 28
11 Kuba Brzezinski Jaguar Racing 25
12 Bono Huis Mercedes 24
13 Petar Brljak BMW 23
14 Risto Kappet Nio 20
15 Marc Gassner Nissan 8
16 Jan von der Heyde Nissan 7
17 Olli Pahkala Mahindra 4
2021 Teams' Standings
Pos. Team Points
1 ROKiT Venturi Racing 203
2 Dragon Penske Autosport 167
3 BMW i Andretti Motorsport 134
4 Mercedes-Benz EQ 97
5 Envision Virgin Racing 79
6 Jaguar Racing 59
7 TAG Heuer Porsche 58
8 DS Techeetah 49
9 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 34
10 Nissan e.dams 25
11 Nio 333 24
12 Mahindra Racing 13
2021 Race Results & Reports

Calendar & Dates

Date Event Track Formula E Drivers incl.
28.01.2021 Event 1 New York City no
04.02.2021 Event 2 Hong Kong no
11.02.2021 Event 3 Berlin no
11.03.2021 Event 4 Diriyah yes
18.03.2021 Event 5 Electric Docks no
25.03.2021 Event 6 (double points) Rome yes

Race Format, Live Stream Broadcast & Prize Money

During the online races, all participants had to deal with the new features of energy management and Attack Mode, which were not yet available during the "Race at Home Challenge."

Each 25-minute race of the 2021 season was broadcasted in a 90-minute live streaming show, featuring Formula E drivers, team managers, and other guests. The races were live-streamed on the Formula E's social media channels and third-party streaming platforms.

Participants who competed in all six races received a share of the prize money pool of €100,000. The champion also received a test drive in a real Formula E Gen2 car. As a premium partner of Accelerate, the German insurance company Allianz was on board. ABB and DHL were also official partners.

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