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Formula E: Reem Al Aboud sets new acceleration record

Reem AlAboud driving the Formula E GenBeta

Female driver Reem Al Aboud makes history in Formula E, achieving record-breaking speed in the “GENBETA” electric car.

Celebrating the International Women’s Day, Saudi Arabian racing driver Reem Al Aboud shattered the 0-60mph acceleration record previously held by Formula 1. This achievement underlines Formula E’s dedication to both innovation and gender equality.

New Benchmark

Behind the wheel of the GENBETA electric race car, a high-powered evolution of the GEN3 vehicle created by Formula E and the FIA, Al Aboud clocked a staggering 2.49 seconds, eclipsing the existing 2.6-second benchmark for single-seater race cars. This feat not only showcases the immense potential of Formula E’s technology but also serves as a powerful symbol of breaking down barriers for women in racing.

“This is a dream come true,” Al Aboud said. “It’s bigger than just speed. It’s about pushing boundaries and proving what women can achieve in motorsport. Formula E has given me a platform to make a difference, and I’m proud to be part of the fight for equal opportunities in racing.”

Reem AlAboud driving the Formula E GenBeta

Formula E CEO Jeff Dodds echoed Al Aboud’s sentiments, highlighting the championship’s core values. “Reem’s accomplishment embodies everything Formula E stands for – innovation, competition, and equality. This is a victory not just for Formula E, but for inclusivity in racing as a whole. We celebrate this milestone with Reem, especially as we approach International Women’s Day.”

Reem Al Aboud’s journey with Formula E began in 2018, making her the first and youngest Saudi woman to pilot a Formula E car on a race circuit. This coincided with the landmark decision granting women driving rights in Saudi Arabia.

The GENBETA Powerhouse

Reem Al Aboud driving the Formula E GENBETA
Reem AlAboud driving the Formula E GenBeta

The GENBETA car itself is a testament to Formula E’s commitment to cutting-edge electric racing technology. This collaborative program between Formula E and the FIA utilizes the powerful 400kW GEN3 race car, enhanced by industry giants like ABB (charging), SABIC (modifications), and Hankook (tires). Additionally, Google Cloud’s generative AI provided real-time telemetry data, empowering Al Aboud to optimize performance and achieve this record-breaking acceleration.

Formula E women empowering

Further amplifying the message of empowerment, young Saudi girls from local schools shared inspiring messages displayed on Al Aboud’s car livery. This initiative aligns with the expansion of the FIA Girls on Track program, a large-scale effort fostering female participation in motorsports education and careers. This season, over 2,000 girls will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, network with inspiring women in Formula E, and attend career talks through the program’s expansion to all 11 race weekends.

Formula E’s dedication to diversity extends beyond the Girls on Track program. The newly announced NXT Gen Cup, featuring both male and female drivers, is another testament to the championship’s commitment to inclusivity.

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship resumes on March 16 in São Paulo, Brazil, for the São Paulo E-Prix. Jaguar TCS Racing, currently leading both the driver and team championships, will be looking to maintain their impressive start to the season.


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