FE beats F1 acceleration time

In the circuit racing world there’s very little that can match a Formula 1 car when it comes to acceleration, but Formula E has eclipsed F1’s 2.6s benchmark with a 2.49s run to 60mph.

The time was achieved in the “unlocked” GENBETA car, an unrestricted version of the current Formula E car, featuring a livery adorned with messages from local schoolgirls. It was done in the run up to International Womens’ Day — and the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, no less — by Saudi race driver Reem Al Aboud.

Al Aboud was previously the first female driver from Saudi Arabia to sample the GEN2 Formula E car when she tested a Nissan in 2018, the year that women were first granted the right to drive in the country.


“Being a part of this record-breaking moment is a dream come true. It’s not just about the speed; it’s about breaking barriers and showcasing the immense potential of women in motorsports,” said Al Aboud. “Formula E has given me the platform to make a statement, and I’m honored to be a part of this journey towards gender equality in racing.”

Reem AlAboud and the GENBETA record-setter.

Formula E CEO Jeff Dodds added: “The benchmark achieved by Reem is a testament to what we stand for at Formula E: Innovation, equality, and competition. Her success is not just a win for Formula E, but a leap forward for inclusivity in racing, and we all join her in celebrating this milestone, especially ahead of International Women’s Day.”

Formula E’s most recent event was a doubleheader that took place in Saudi Arabia on January 26-27. The two Diriyah E-Prix were won by Andretti’s Jake Dennis and Jaguar TCS Racing’s Nick Cassidy. Following a lengthy break, forced by the cancellation of the Hyderabad E-Prix in India, the season will resume next week in Sao Paulo.

Story originally appeared on Racer