- As part of a fundraising partnership with UNICEF, the electric street racing series starts an online competition
- Featuring current ABB FIA Formula E Championship Drivers and Teams, using custom built hardware provided by ROG and SCAN Computers
- Pre-Season Test race to begin Saturday April 18th and run for the next nine weeks
LONDON, UK – ASUS Republic of Gamers and SCAN Computers are delighted to announce their involvement with the new ABB Formula E Race At Home Challenge in support of UNICEF, raising funds to keep children around the world safe, healthy and educated during the current global coronavirus crisis.
The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge will feature teams and drivers from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship competing over nine week season using Studio 397’s rFactor 2 software. Each driver has been sent a purpose built racing setup with a new Formula E simulator setup from Playseat and a wheel and pedal set from Fanatec complete with a full ROG Monitor and PC setup, built by SCAN Computers.
Alongside the professional Formula E grid, there will be a second championship that will run in parallel with gamers and influencers racing against each other, following a qualification period, with the winner given the chance to secure real-life track time during a future Formula E race weekend.
Working closely with SCAN Computers, all 24 of the custom built Sim Racing PCs were constructed using ROG motherboards and graphics cards, along with ROG monitors, headsets and other ASUS gaming peripherals in an incredibly short turnaround period. The system is designed to give parity to all drivers as well as the power to both stream and race in rFactor2.
“Preparing the setup for the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge has been an incredible experience,” says ROG PR Marketing Specialist, Sean Cleaver. “Our focus throughout the Coronavirus crisis has been to make sure that everyone can Stay Connected, whether they are working from home, learning or gaming while at home. Sim racing has played an amazing role over the last few weeks in keeping the drivers, teams and hundreds of thousands of motorsport fans connected, and we’re honoured to work with SCAN in order to help bring this series to life and raise awareness and funds for UNICEF. It has been an incredible effort from all the partners involved.”
“Scan has a rich heritage of creating state-of-the-art PCs for racing simulators, so we were delighted to be able to contribute to this project with our partners at Formula E and ASUS,” says SCAN Computer’s Matt Hindley. “We’re very proud to be involved in raising funds for UNICEF and to support the motor racing community at this challenging time”.
The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge kicks off with a pre-season test this Saturday April 18th and will broadcast globally across the Formula E Facebook, YouTube Twitch and Twitter platforms, with the coverage of the full season also broadcast to Formula E’s network of broadcast partners from April 25th with the full Formula E World broadcast team calling the action remotely.
You can find out more about the ABB Formula E Race at Home challenge in the attached links as well as more information on the PC specs in the appendix. You can also watch the first event on the following channels.
ROG Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asusrog
ROG Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/asusroguk
ASUS Stay Connected: https://www.asus.com/uk/event/StayConnected/
ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge:
SCAN Computers: https://www.scan.co.uk/
Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.
About the ABB FIA Formula E Championship:
Electric is 45-minutes of non-stop action. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the closest and most competitive category in motorsport, with unpredictable and exciting electric racing in the centre of the world’s most iconic cities. Formula E is the fastest-growing series in motorsport and boasts the best roster in racing, where renowned road car manufacturers and automotive brands battle for points, position and bragging rights.
Electric is a race that matters. Formula E is more than just a race on the track, it is also a proving ground and platform with a higher purpose - to test new technologies, drive development to the production line and put more electric cars on the road.
Using the spectacle of sport, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is sending a powerful message to speed-up the switch to electric, in a bid to counteract climate change and address the devastating effects of air pollution. www.FIAFormulaE.com
Appendix: PC Specs
System: 3XS Formula-E Competition
MB: ROG Strix B360-H Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7 9700K
Cooler: 3xs 240mm AIO Liquid Cooler
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengance DDR4
SSD: 1TB Intel 660P NVMe SSD
GPU: ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 Super
Monitor: ROG Strix XG32VQ
Headset: ROG Delta