With a growing number of electrified race series worldwide, e-racing365 will shift its focus to the emerging EV racing scene, while planning to curtail its extensive coverage of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship beginning next month.
The website, launched in September 2017, had quickly become the industry standard for news on the all-electric open-wheel series, with Formula E editor Sam Smith delivering unparalleled coverage that was unmatched by any other specialized motorsports news outlet.
Despite record growth this year, with a 74 percent increase in unique viewers and a 54 percent increase in page views compared to 2018, in-depth coverage of Formula E has no longer become economically sustainable.
“This has been a tough decision for all involved,” said e-racing365 founder and publisher John Dagys. “When I teamed up with Sam to launch the website in 2017, we were highly confident that it would quickly turn into a success story, just given the amount of resources at play inside the Formula E paddock.
“We set out a path to deliver independent, unbiased coverage in the same industry-leading standard as our sister site, Sportscar365, and I feel we’ve accomplished that, largely due to Sam’s professionalism, dedication and passion for Formula E.
“While our editorial coverage has been second-to-none, we’ve fought very hard the last two-and-a-half-years to make it economically viable. It takes significant resources to cover a defacto world championship and without the necessary financial support, we’re unfortunately unable to continue at this level.
“The motorsports media landscape has continued to change over the last few months and we stand by our principle of being one of the few remaining independent media outlets covering the sport we all love.”
E-racing365 will continue to cover Formula E, although in a reduced format, with managing editor Jake Kilshaw taking over day-to-day duties.
It comes in addition to coverage of other established all-electric series, including the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, e-Trophee Andros and smart EQ fortwo e-cup, as well as the soon-to-be-launched ETCR and Projekt E series.
“There are a number of exciting all-electric series in the pipeline that we feel will have the necessary interest and support for the site to continue to grow. We’re excited for those opportunities and look forward to helping share the story of the sport’s transition to electrification in the years to come.”
The changes at e-racing365 have no effect on Sportscar365, which will continue into its eighth year in 2020 as the leading independent news source for IMSA, FIA WEC and SRO championships worldwide.
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