Nick Heidfeld and Dilbag Gil with the Ace Formula car.
The ACE Championship team plans to launch a global four-wheel electric racing series from next year. The project aims to promote motorsport in under-represented global markets while also encouraging talent development and innovation. ACE’s founders are backing the project, which features two levels of competition: the Challenger Series and the top-tier Championship. Both levels will offer a feeder platform for drivers and engineering talent looking to progress to further racing series.
“After years of racing, I felt it was time to give something back to the sport. The essence of the whole project is affordability but ensuring the performance of the four-wheelers to be on par with Gen 2,” said former Mahindra Racing CEO Dilbagh Gill, who is heading the project. “ACE Championship is going to focus around the three ‘Ds’– we are going to be daring, we are going to be different, and we are going to be digital.”
Gill has confirmed that the competition hopes to create career opportunities in the motorsport paddock regardless of background, location, gender or socio-economic status.”
The series will commence in India before moving on to Far East, European and American territories with the ambition of providing a feeder platform for Formula E as well. Nick Heidfeld, ACE Championship’s Development Driver and Advisor, said that an electric junior racing championship has not been held before. “We want this championship to be fair and affordable to attract youngsters,” he said.