Marbella warms up its engines for the celebration of the E1 Series, the electric formula 1 of the sea

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There are two weeks left until the celebration of the E1 Series competition, the Electric Off Shore Formula of the Sea, which will be held in Puerto Banús, on whose breakwater the VIP box was erected today that the organization of the event, directed by the sports promoter Alejandro Agag and the engineer Rodi Basso, collaborator of NASA and the Red Bull and Ferrari automobile teams. Marbella has been the only Spanish city selected to hold a competition that this year plans to visit Monaco, Venice, Geneva, Jeddah and Hong Kong, where the final of the championship will be decided.

There will be two days of competition, on June 1 and 2, in which several teams will fight to qualify for the E1 Puerto Banús GP, captained by internationally renowned personalities such as Rafa Nadal, Sergio Pérez, Didier Drogba, Tom Brady, Steve Aoki, Will Smith and Marc Anthony. The latter, as an inauguration, will perform on May 31 within the Oasisss Marbella Fest musical cycle.

Conceived as a new global sport, this competition will test the Racebird motor boats, the only electric motor authorized by the International Motorboat Union and which, unlike other competitions, will be the same for all competitors. Among the Spanish riders are Laia Sanz, six-time enduro and eight-time trial world champion; Cris Lazarraga, runner-up in motorboating; Dani Clos, winner in Formula Renault tests, and Lucas Ordóñez, who joins the competition after announcing yesterday the participation as captain of the American actor Will Smith.

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All participating teams will be made up of a man and a woman who, in all cases, must pilot these fast boats for half of the race time. They are all experienced professionals who have participated in major driving tournaments, such as the Dakar, Trial, W Series or Formula Ford.

The racing format will have four parts: qualification, quarterfinals, semifinals and final. The last four classified teams will participate in the latter. The E1 is a competition that stands out more for the driving skill of its drivers than for the technical power of its teams. With a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour, the Racebird is 7.5 meters long and has a power of 150 kilowatts supplied by a 35 kilowatt-hour battery.

With three years of competition guaranteed in Puerto Banús, and three more years negotiable, the investment made for this year has been 5 million euros, and a media impact of more than 1,000 million people around the world is expected, according to estimates by Juan Núñez, CEO of Cívitas Puerto Banús. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Marbella City Council, the Malaga Provincial Council and the Commonwealth have supported this initiative. The mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, visited the facilities today and estimated the economic impact of the test at 25 million euros.

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