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Formula E Esports competitions return, Gen3 cars and a €40,000 prize pool

The competition, won back-to-back in 2021 and 2022 by Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports driver Frede Rasmussen, who completed a test in a Gen2 Formula E car, this time offers a €40,000 prize pool.

The participation process is divided into two rounds: Berlin and Rome.

From open qualifying, which starts on April 14, the top 88 drivers will be placed in qualifying races before the top 22 of those will advance to the two rounds.

Defending champion Frede Rasmussen, 2022

At the races in Berlin and Rome there is a hot lap qualifying, qualifying duels and a race.

The top 11 of the two events make it to the personal final, which will again be held at the ExCel London Center over the weekend of the London E-Prix. There will be a main race and a top 6 reverse grid charge race.

Last season, this finale was also broadcast live on the Formula E YouTube channel.

The prize pool will be split into €10,000 for each of the two rounds and the final in London, plus a further €10,000 split based on overall standings.

2023 Grid Finder 2023 Formula E Accelerate

Grid Finder will handle the registration process, which is now open following its recent work with the F1 Creator Series. Starting in Round 2, online management of races will be handled via the forthcoming suite of league management tools.

“Working with Formula E is a huge step forward for the platform,” Grid Finder founder Thomas Stapley-Bunten told Traxion.GG.

“This is great news for the team that has been working flat out for months to build our league management tool.

“This is a strong signal to other tournament organizers. What Formula E has seen is good enough to get us on board early.”

The first of the Berlin qualifying races is scheduled for April 18th and ends on Saturday July 29th, 2023 with the LAN-based final.

Gen3 Formula E car in rFactor 2

The announcement of Formula E | Accelerated competition also appears to confirm the latest Gen3-spec electric racers for rFactor 2 simulation.

Developed by Studio 397, the platform has been the official simulation of the series since March 2022 and currently features the first and second generation vehicles and official liveries.

The Accelerate Championship is back for Season 9! ⚡️

The world’s best simracers 🎮
GEN3 cars on Formula E tracks 🏁
€40,000 prize money 🤑

— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) April 12, 2023

A graphic for the Esports competition appears to reveal the latest vehicle in the engine for the first time, while Formula E’s tweet confirms the use of Gen3 for the competition.

These latest cars are Formula E’s fastest open-wheelers to date, with power output up to 350 kW versus 250 kW previously. Thanks to a twin-engine arrangement, they can recover up to 600 kW of energy. They are also 60kg lighter and don’t have rear brakes.

Rene Rast, NEOM McLaren Formula E Team, leads Maximilian Gunther, Maserati MSG Racing, Sao Paulo ePrix – Simon Galloway, Motorsport ImagesRene Rast, NEOM McLaren Formula E Team, leads Maximilian Gunther, Maserati MSG Racing, Sao Paulo ePrix – Simon Galloway, Motorsport Images

So far there has been no official confirmation from Studio 397 or the owners of Motorsport Games, although this wouldn’t be the first time new content for rFactor 2 has been released via Formula E | Accelerate – the London circuit was used by the competition for the first time last year before it was opened up to all.

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Images: Grid Finder, motorsport images

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