South Africa will join more than 40 others across the globe in bringing comprehensive, live, free-to-air coverage of the motorsport to fans, starting with the Monaco e-Prix on Saturday, May 8th.
South Africa (06 May 2021) – An exciting new deal will see the most intense and unpredictable all-electric racing hit local free-to-air TV screens for the first time when the new season of the FIA Formula E Monaco e-Prix is broadcast on SABC from this coming weekend!!!
The public broadcaster will join more than 40 others across the globe in bringing comprehensive, live, free-to-air coverage of the motorsport to fans, starting with the Monaco e-Prix on Saturday, May 8th.
Since its inception in 2014, Formula E has attracted millions of viewers, drawn to the excitement of cars racing the downtown streets of some of the world’s most picturesque cities at speeds of up to 280 km/h.
The move to make the sport accessible to all South Africans is one of the most exciting developments for the sport in this country since the Formula E Cape Town bid in 2019. Formula E crowned five different champions in its first six seasons and celebrated 17 winners in 69 races, which has made the nail-biting competition a must-watch global event.
Formula E’s Alberto Longo says, “With more automotive manufacturers on the grid than in any other motorsport, local viewers have much to look forward to. The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is one of the most compelling racing series yet, giving local viewers a feast of racing while serving as an unparalleled proving ground for electric vehicles and sustainable mobility technologies.”
With sustainability deeply rooted in its DNA, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship aims to transfer technologies from the racetrack to the road and inspire innovations to counteract the climate crisis.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship actively promotes electric mobility and alternative energy solutions to contribute to reducing air pollution, which the World Health Organisation estimates kills more than seven million people a year. Electric vehicles provide one of the most effective solutions to reduce carbon air pollution.
Iain Banner, Chairman of e-Movement, says he is proud to be partnering with the SABC to give local fans the chance to see many of the big names of Formula E, such as Jake Dennis, Sam Bird and Lucas di Grassi, who have wowed fans around the world.
SABC Head of Sport Gary Rathbone says, “I’m really excited that we now have Formula E as part of the SABC Sport content offering. This is a great, well-established motorsport series that not only provides fantastic high-tech racing action but speaks to the future – not only of motorsport but our entire planet. It also sits well alongside our Extreme E racing series as a way of showing that SABC Sport is moving not only our broadcasting technology into the future with our new channel but with our new content as well.”