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E-Racing365 Shifts Focus to Emerging EV Racing Series

Leading independent EV racing site to curtail extensive Formula E coverage, focus on emerging series…

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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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4 Comments

4 Comments

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    PH

    December 2, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I could tell this was the way the content was going anyway and actually I’m really behind that. It’s great to have quality coverage of a number of the emerging EV series we are starting to see.

    If reducing the depth of FE specific content is required to make that work then maybe that’s what needs to happen. Understand why it was a difficult decision and wish the whole team the best.

    I’ll certainly keep reading!

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    Chris

    December 2, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    The race weekend notebooks in particular have been really insightful. Not sure exactly what’s continuing but I can’t imagine we’ll be getting the same level of coverage elsewhere soon. Motorsport.com has a financial interest in FE and yet they still don’t seem to focus on it. Perhaps that’s because of the single day schedule. Everything gets lost among the other stories. But anyway, will certainly be looking for the latest on all the other electric racing which is growing, albeit not as quickly as I’d like.

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    NaBUru38

    December 3, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Sad news. Your Formula E coverage was awesome. Most websites just paraphrase press releases.

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    Old Trombone

    December 4, 2019 at 11:41 am

    This fan is forever a fan of E-Racing365! Because of your independence. The juggernaut who now “owns” F-E’s PR are clearly the same people as the local supermarket scandal-rags who now are in the US Congressional records as people who silence whistleblowers by “buying exclusive rights to their story and then deciding it isn’t publishable”. Motorsportdotkom has a hierarchy in mind with F1 at the top, where F-E will be seen as a replacement for F2. Clearly, that should be the other way around.

    Looking at emerging electric racing, how about Troy Lee’s “Bosch Boogaloo” e-mountainbike series, and the emerging fight between the UCI (cycling’s FIA) and the FIM over who controls this new sport? That would be fascinating.

    Anyways, CHEERS TO E-RACING365, you have the best journalism available in the whole world.

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