The electric scooter racing series eSkootr, announced in 2020, has released details of the bespoke machines its competitors will use. Developed by Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), the S1-X electric scooter features design aspects and manufacturing techniques that would normally be associated with a race car, including a carbon-fiber chassis and adjustable suspension components.
With propulsion controlled via a thumb-operated throttle, the S1-X is said to be capable of reaching speeds exceeding 100km/h (60mph), with a 1.5kWh lithium-ion battery powering two separate 6kW motors, with one housed in each wheel. The scooter also features a torque vectoring system to distribute power to the front and rear wheels, and during races, this system will be able to be overridden by competitors to provide a boost in acceleration.
Hrag Sarkissian, eSkootr championship CEO, commented, “We’ve been developing a series of prototype race eSkootrs for the past year, so it’s a great feeling to finally reveal the S1-X. What’s been most rewarding is just how many different elements have successfully come together to make it all happen – we’ve been pioneering new technology across every step of the process. We already know the S1-X is an extremely fast and fun machine – now we want to get as many racers as possible to try it as we push towards our first race.”
Circuits from 400m to 1000m will feature in the race calendar, with cornering angles of up to 50°. Racing is set to start in the fall of this year, with the company’s focus now turning to fulfilling a build program ahead of a pre-season rider selection test early this summer.
Khalil Beschir, eSkootr Championship COO, concluded, “We set ourselves some very aggressive development goals for the S1-X – and we’ve already hit all of our stage-one targets ahead of the first season. But this model just marks a frozen moment in the ongoing development of our race eSkootr – we know that summer’s extended track running will give us a significant amount of extra data as we push development. We’ve already targeted new steps for motor performance and efficiency, as well as changes to the bodywork and aerodynamics.”