Armaan Ebrahim, Aditya Patel launch Xtreme1 Racing League
Touted as the world’s first franchise-based motorsports league, the single-make series will comprise of a custom-made two-seater sports car.Updated: May 04, 2019 09:34 IST
Indian racing drivers Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel have joined hands to start their new venture -- Xtreme1 (X1) Racing League, to be held during four weekends of November-December, which is generally the off or winter season in sports car or formula racing.
Touted as the world’s first franchise-based motorsports league, the single-make series will comprise of a custom-made two-seater sports car. There will be eight city-based teams, and each team will have two cars and four drivers (two Indians and two foreigners), including a female driver.
X1 will be held at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi, Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) in Chennai and a yet to be announced street circuit in one of the Indian cities.
“Four of the franchises have already been sold and we also have 32 drivers who have agreed to race. We will announce the dates, city for street circuit, specifications of the car, the franchises in the time to come. Everything should be finalized by the end of July,” Ebrahim, said.
The cars will most likely be built by Coimbatore-based JA Motorsport, who also make the Formula 2000 cars for MRF Challenge. However, the engine options are yet to be decided. In total, each franchise owner will have to spend a fixed amount of Rs.5.5 crore, including the driver fees.
The league is backed by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), the governing body of the sport in the country. Races will take place on Saturdays and Sundays with each race lasting 45 minutes. There will be three races per day.
This is not the first time an Indian racing league has taken shape. The i1 Super Series, launched amid much fanfare in 2011 in Abu Dhabi, never took off. “When we were thinking of this league, we decided to do something that is going to last. We plan to get the best talent from here and help them move forward by taking part in international series,” said Patel.