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It’s getting serious in the simulator.

On April 25, the virtual lights of the ABB Race at Home Challenge will switch to green. And not only for the pros from Formula E.

In cooperation with UNICEF, the Formula E will run 2 races in 2 different classes for 9 weekends. During the first race, both Porsche drivers – Neel Jani and André Lotterer – will be racing against their colleagues from Formula E, while in the second, the best sim racers of the world will prove their mettle.

Even though this race event is completely new and independent, it is based on the familiar point system of the regular Formula E season: points from the previous race are transferred to the next – and at the end of the mini season, a clear winner can be determined. Extra points for the Julius Bär pole position can be scored just as those for the fastest round. In the last race on June 13, double points are awarded. For motorsport fans, this is a promising highlight at the end of the season that may turn things about.

But not only is the point system based on the real specifications of the Formula E. The drivers of the ABB Race at Home Challenge also participate with the same technical conditions: All drivers use the identical simulators of the Formula E. Play seat, steering wheel and pedals are from Fanatec, gaming PCs, monitor screens, headphones and additional accessories are provided by Asus. The simulation software both drivers and sim racers will use is the well-known rFactor 2 software.

All races live.

The pros of both worlds are driving in separate races – thus fans can follow 2 events throughout the 90-minute live broadcast. The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge can be followed worldwide via the FIA Social Media channels and Twitch. It’s going to be thrilling to watch how both TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team drivers Neel Jani and André Lotterer, along with the sim racers will fare.