E-waste race car unveiled at 2023 Hankook London E-Prix
30 Jul 2023
The London E-Prix weekend was an exhilarating affair, with the ABB Fia Formula E World Championships taking center stage. Over Saturday and Sunday, the excitement soared as the final two races of Season 9 determined the champions. The unique setting at ExCeL London, with its indoor and outdoor circuit, provided a thrilling backdrop for the wheel-to-wheel action.
Amidst the racing frenzy, history was made as the track weaved its way around the ExCeL exhibition center and the iconic Royal Docklands. This marked the first time a top-level international motorsport event incorporated both indoor and outdoor sections.
The title of champions was claimed by Envision, emerging victorious after a Round 16 win by the impressive driver, Nick Cassidy, securing their position ahead of the factory Jaguar TCS Racing team.
In an eventful Round 15 of the Hankook London E-Prix, Jake Dennis took the second spot, securing his victory in the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Drivers’ Championship, while Mitch Evans crossed the finish line first for Jaguar TCS Racing.
Beyond the racing action, Envision Racing showcased an innovative and sustainable concept. They unveiled the Formula E Gen3 ‘Recover-E’ car, entirely constructed from electronic waste (e-waste). The car was designed in collaboration with British artist and designer Liam Hopkins, who creatively repurposed donated electronic devices from the UK tech company Music Magpie and schoolchildren. iPhones, chargers, laptops, batteries, and single-use vapes formed the car’s body, highlighting the pressing issue of global e-waste generation.
With e-waste production projected to reach 75 million tonnes globally by 2030, the Recover-E car aimed to raise awareness about this environmental concern. It garnered attention not only in the pitlane but also in the Allianz Fan Village, as spectators marveled at this winning formula for sustainability.
“Unfortunately, today, we choose to discard and replace electronics instead of repairing and recycling them, leading to a global e-waste crisis. Through design and creativity, we want to show the issue of e-waste and its potential to accelerate the creation of a circular economy," Liam Hopkins- Lazerian
"Through this campaign, the team wants to increase awareness of the human impact of e-waste and the need to reuse and recycle old electrical products," Envision Racing
“Alongside testing new battery technology for cars, we are on a mission to tackle e-waste and ensure the precious metals, minerals, and materials in old laptops, mobile phones, and other electrical devices are extracted and reused," Sylvain Filippi, Envision Racing’s Managing Director and CTO