Each of the five expected manufacturers will enter three drivers, and a random draw ahead of the event will split the field into ‘battle groups’. The first chosen driver will receive the pick of the starting positions, with all starting in motocross style, waiting for a gate to drop. By process of elimination, the winners will progress through to the top groups of Battle 2, while the remainders will square-up against each other in subsequent rounds. The whittling down will continue until a Grand Final, supported by B and C Finals. The Grand Final winner will be dubbed the “King or Queen of the Weekend”. Drivers will earn an increasing number of points at every stage except Battle 3, in which a single-car timed lap will determine first choice of starting position in the final.
The pits will be known as the ‘Hot Zone’, while finished cars are taken to the Energy Station, an interactive zone where fans can get up close and personal with the recharging vehicles. With the ongoing climate crisis, it’s important to note that these cars will be charged by hydrogen generators, which are both sustainable and suited to the rapid-fire racing, allowing a 90% charge (from 10%) in just one hour. And when the championship kicks off in 2021, the calendar will be organised to allow cars and equipment to be transported around the world by sea freight, which creates 1% of the environmental impact of air freight.