Formula E set to revolutionize motorsport fans’ experience at Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia

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As the brand new, faster Gen2 Formula E cars blitz through the historic streets of UNESCO World Heritage Site Ad Diriyah, the spectators will be treated to an experience unparalleled in the racing world. (Formula E)
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As the brand new, faster Gen2 Formula E cars blitz through the historic streets of UNESCO World Heritage Site Ad Diriyah, the spectators will be treated to an experience unparalleled in the racing world. (Formula E)
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As the brand new, faster Gen2 Formula E cars blitz through the historic streets of UNESCO World Heritage Site Ad Diriyah, the spectators will be treated to an experience unparalleled in the racing world. (Formula E)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Formula E set to revolutionize motorsport fans’ experience at Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: In just 10 days, the first ever Formula E race in the Middle East is going to take place as the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix kicks off Season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E, with thrilling action on the track and concerts on the sidelines with superstars such as Enrique Iglesias, David Guetta, Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Jason Derulo and One Republic.
As the brand new, faster Gen2 Formula E cars blitz through the historic streets of UNESCO World Heritage Site Ad Diriyah, the spectators will be treated to an experience unparalleled in the racing world.
In a bid to revolutionize the spectator experience, ABB FIA Formula E has embraced the non-traditional and different.

CEO and founder, Alejandro Agag, wanted to create a racing series that allowed fans to be closer to the action than traditional motorsport series permitted. Since the inaugural race in Beijing in 2014, FIA and the Formula E team have continually shaped the series with a focus on spectators. This has resulted in some exciting concepts, with the newest addition bearing a distinct resemblance to the Mario Kart video game.
As the only event in the world that allows fans to play a role in deciding the outcome of the race, Formula E features a function called Fanboost.
Fans vote online for their favorite driver through the Fanboost system, via Twitter or the Formula E app. The three drivers who receive the most votes get a significant burst of electricity that becomes available in a five second window during the second half of the race. This way, fans could help drivers in a crucial moment where that extra speed is the difference between overtaking and lagging behind. The so-called “halo” roll bar over the driver’s head will flash green when Fanboost is activated.

Not only can Formula E fans affect the outcome of the race, they can test their skills against the professional racing drivers as well. As the electric cars fly along the track, fans can use the online Ghost Racing feature to drive on the same circuit. Fans see the track and real racing cars as well as their own digital ghost car in real-time, allowing them to go wheel-to-wheel with motorsport superstars like Felipe Massa and Lucas di Grassi. The Ghost Racing feature also allows fans to upload clips of themselves stealing the cornering line from the elite drivers on social media.
This year, a feature that was originally referred to as “Hyperboost” has been renamed “Attack Mode” and is the newest addition to the racing fan bonanza. With the introduction of the second-generation Formula E car, drivers will have a bigger, more powerful battery available. Drivers now can unlock a four-minute power increase from 200 kW to 225 kW when they pass special zones on the track. Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag described the system as being “like Mario Bros when they get the little star and go faster.” The above-mentioned “halo” will flash red when a driver uses this boost mode.

This is not the only reference to the legendary video games with big-headed Marios, Luigis and Yoshis speeding across the screen and where thrilling joy can turn to rage based on a banana peel. Formula E displays a definite nostalgia for Nintendo’s heyday.
Earlier this year, Formula E posted this video to its social media, where a street circuit is turned into a battle ground on the verge of 90s Japanese console action. While some fans want Formula E to stick to pure racing, many others are thrilled by the hints of childhood memories.
With a playful mindset and no fear of stepping on some racing toes, Formula E excites fans and challenges the status quo to create the pinnacle of spectator experience in all of motorsport.


Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs an agreement between the Kingdom and China in Beijing on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

  • the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee

BEIJING: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday met with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to discuss ways of further developing relations between the Kingdom and China.

The meeting took place in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital Beijing. After their talks, the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee which he co-chaired with Zheng.

Delegates at the meeting discussed moves to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on trade, investment, energy, culture and technology, as well as the coordination of political and security matters. The committee also reviewed plans for greater integration between China’s Belt and Road development strategy and the Saudi Vision 2030 reform program.

After agreeing on the minutes of the meeting, the Saudi royal and Zheng took part in the signing of a range of agreements, memorandums of understanding (MoU), investment projects and bilateral cooperation accords between the Kingdom and China:

The cooperation agreement in maritime transport between the Chinese and Saudi governments, signed by Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi and Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng.

MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the National Development and Reform Commission in China, signed by Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.

MoU between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment to form a working group to facilitate trade, signed by Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi, the Kingdom’s deputy minister of commerce and investment, and Qian Keming, Chinese vice minister of commerce.

Loan agreement between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Chinese Ministry of Finance to build and equip three hospitals in Yanbian city in Jilin Province, signed by Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Rehabilitation

Loan agreement between the SFD and Chinese Ministry of Finance to reconstruct and rehabilitate areas affected by earthquakes in Sichuan Province, signed by Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Agreement between the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security to cooperate in fighting cybercrime, signed Nasser Al-Dawood, undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Interior, and China’s deputy minister for public security.

MoU between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and China’s National Committee for energy to invest in renewable energy, signed by PIF head Yasir Al-Rumayyan, and the committee’s vice chairman.

Minutes of the meeting about cooperating in combating terrorism between the Saudi Presidency of State Security and Chinese Ministry of Public Security, signed by Lt. Gen. Abdullah Al-Qarni, deputy director-general of General Investigation for the Kingdom, and the Chinese minister.

MoU between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and the Chinese National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights, signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Swailem, the authority’s executive chairman, and committee chairman Xin Xiangyu.

MoU to participate in investing in renewable energy projects, signed by the chairman of ACWA Power, Mohammed Abunayyan, and president of the Silk Road Fund, Wang Yanzhi.

Cooperation agreement for Saudi Aramco to acquire 9 percent of Chinese project Zhejiang Petrochemical, signed by Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser and Xung Wi, mayor of Zhushan.

Agreement between Saudi Aramco with NORINCO Group and Panjin Sincen to develop a fully integrated refining and petrochemical complex, located in the city of Panjin in China’s Liaoning province, signed by Nasser and Tang Yijun, governor of Liaoning province and chairman of NORINCO.