Absolute Racing will team up with Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE), a non-profit organisation dedicated to the research and conservation of marine megafauna and the marine environment in the Philippines, for the upcoming season of World eX Championship.
With the motto #RacingForTheClimate, the World eX Championship, an e-sports racing series for electric prototypes, completed a successful first season in 2021. The sim racing series, aimed at combining the entertainment of motorsport with a strong message of sustainability and raising awareness for the environment, has the strategy of including one event per country on challenging tracks that are available in rFactor 2, offering participants ample opportunity to push the 1,000-hp eX Zero car to the limit.
After a strong performance in the opening season, Absolute Racing returns to the World eX Championship this year entering a two-car team for Portugal’s Rafael Lobato (pro driver) and for China’s Xiayufei Li (esports driver). Each team and driver competing in World eX supports and respect the #PurposeDriven Pledge of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) with a focus on fighting the climate crisis and targeting a net zero carbon footprint.
LAMAVE is a non profitable organization that seeks to spread awareness in the Philippines of the large marine animals they are working to protect; these include whale sharks, sharks, rays sea turtles and several species of cetaceans. LAMAVE stress the importance of habitat preservation as well as sustainable management of these species. Their information, education, and communication campaigns focus on promoting awareness and bahaviour change though targeted impact media campaigns , providing internships and on the job training, and conducting workshops with communities and governments to transfer skills such as marine wildlife rescue procedures.
LAMAVE frequently advise local governments and national authorities on the development and management of sustainable tourism, and marine animal protection throughout the Philippines. They also counsel leaders of the dive and hospitality industries on sustainable marine wildlife operations and tour procedures.
Ingo Matter, Founder and Director of Absolute Racing, said: ”We’ve long been regarded as more than just a race team, and we will use the World eX platform to promote awareness of large marine species in cooperation with LAMAVE. We have a moral obligation to protect the oceans for the sake of our children. It is also about the future relevance of our sport; we must ensure that motorsports remains one of the most appealing sports to compete in and that it has a place in our world. We have been doing our part, outlawing the single-use plastic and researching recyclable alternatives for all event-related products that we will be using. We are also attempting to encourage eco-friendly travel and to employ green energy wherever available.”
Ariana Agustines, Vice President of LAMAVE, added: “Our team believes that everyone can have an impact in protecting the oceans and the species that call them home. Absolute Racing is a clear example of this and as an e-sports event shows how racing can be enjoyed while also minimising negative impacts on the climate.