First of its kind in the world, the X1 Racing League is an upcoming franchise-based motor-sport racing league that is set to hit the race tracks in November 2019. The aim behind it was to remove the notion that motor-sport is meant for the privileged people. The league will feature top domestic and international, mixed-gender drivers who have participated in the best competitions in the world.
Format of race
The league will include 6 teams in city-based franchises. Each team will consist of 2 cars and a total of 4 drivers per team. One of the aims of this league is to remove gender barriers in sports hence it will be a mixed-gender racing event.
The 24 drivers will include men and women racers who are domestic and international champions. Out of the 4 members of a team, the race will feature one marquee international driver, a marquee woman driver, an Indian racer who has featured at international events and one Indian domestic driver.
The first race will be conducted on November 30th and December 1 at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida. X1 Racing League will be held on Saturdays and Sundays as most motor-sport events do. The following weekend, Madras Motor Race Track, Chennai will be the host on 7th November and 8th November.
The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida and Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai are the 2 finalized venues for the X1
The league will gradually progress to street tracks. Infrastructure, however, is the issue for creating and maintaining street racing tracks.
Teams and owners
The racing league will feature 6 franchises, based out of Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Tahoon Bin Saeed Al Nahyan is the owner of the Delhi team. Whereas, Akhilesh Reddy who is an industrialist owns the Hyderabad team. India’s first F1 Racer Narain Kartikeyan owns the Chennai franchise.
Type of cars and featured racers
The cars used for the X1 Racing league will be custom-built, 1,400-cc/ 170-bhp cars with a top speed of 240 kmph.
Enthusiasts will witness a rebirth of racing rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. However, this time it will be their sons Mathias and Freddie who will be continuing the rivalry on the track.
League owners and Partners
The racing league has entered into an exclusive commercial rights partnership with Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI). The Federation was granted exclusive rights which include sponsorship, broadcasting, advertising, intellectual property, franchising and new league rights.
Founded by Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel the duo have represented India at various events.
Armaan is a professional racing driver for the last 15 years. He became a National Champion at the age of 14 and never looked back since then. Ebrahim has also set up a professional racing team that competes in the Formula 3 Asian Championships.
What started as a hobby for Aditya Patel, he soon began to rise through the ranks and started racing internationally after he won the National Racing Championship in 2007. He has raced in various competitions in Asia and Europe and finished as the vice-champion in the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia. Aditya recognised the need to bring attention to motorsport as a mainstream sport in India.
Seeing the success that franchise based leagues bring in promoting the sport, scouting world-class talent and even benefit brands, celebrities and entrepreneurs who have invested in teams have been rewarded handsomely. The duo saw the same vision for their beloved sport. Taking the first-mover advantage, they set up the X1 Racing League which has never been done before in any country.
With his immense knowledge and experience, Ravi Krishnan was brought in as the non-executive chairman of the X1 Racing League. He is the Chairman of KWANAbler, a company focusing on making partnerships with global stakeholders in Sports, Media and Entertainment.
Aparajeet Mittal is an investor who has witnessed success with leagues like the Super Fight League and Super Boxing League. He co-founded a talent management company SuperStars Celebrity Management LLP.
The esports version of the X1 Racing League was set up with an intention to act as a grassroots program to identify and nurture future racers. With the hope of attracting more people to take up this sport on a professional level, the X1 e-sports racing league was launched. The concept of this event is to conduct races on simulators that will be played across schools, colleges and public areas like major shopping malls.
In each city, the event will be spread across 3 days. On the first 2 days, participants will be given 10 minutes on the simulator to set the best lap time. The ones who make it in the top 30 will compete in the finals on the 3rd day.
Top 3 placed across the 6 cities will progress to the final event. Moreover, the winner of the first season of the racing e-sport league would be trained by professional drivers. This will give them an on-track experience should they decide to take up the sport professionally.
One Plus are the title sponsors of the e-sports racing league. McDonald’s, RedBull, Intex are the associate sponsors of the racing e-sport league.