Formula E today announced WAE as an Official Partner of the FIA Girls on Track initiative for the 2022/2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season.
The next FIA Girls on Track activation will take place during race week ahead of the upcoming 2023 Julius Baer São Paulo E-Prix on Saturday, 25th March and again at the 2023 Jakarta E-Prix on Saturday, 4th June. Successful diversity-focused FIA Girls on Track events have already taken place at the opening race of the season, the 2023 Hankook Mexico City E-Prix and the 2023 CORE Diriyah E-Prix.
The Season 9 programme includes more hands-on workshops and behind-the scenes experiences than ever before for girls aged 12 – 18, with an increased focus on education, off-site careers talks and a presence at all races. As current battery provider for the all new GEN3 car – the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built, WAE will be focusing its workshops on the process of designing and building batteries.
The virtual programme including online sessions will also enable girls around the world to access the insights of inspirational female leaders from across the championship, including teams and partners. Aimed at countering gender inequality in the motorsport and engineering industries, where only 1.5% of all professional motorsport licences are held by women, the one-day immersive experiences help inspire and educate girls on the different roles open to them within motorsport.
From broadcasting, health and safety, driving and media roles, participating girls get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to race day operations and the opportunity to hear from female leaders across the championship.
Julia Palle, Sustainability Director, Formula E, said: “We are thrilled to have WAE as an Official Partner of the FIA Girls on Track programme, that continues to grow in the quality and quantity of sessions that it delivers for young ambitious girls who are interested in expanding their knowledge and love of motorsport and engineering. With additional virtual sessions to those at track, we hope to engage with a much wider and diverse group of girls, to help further their interest and future careers opportunities in and around motorsport.”
Craig Wilson, CEO, WAE, commented: “Being part of the FIA Girls on Track programme is something we are delighted about and provides an opportunity to share learnings and technologies gained from the track with the girls, encouraging them to consider engineering as a potential career. By creating a practical element to the session and run by female members of the WAE team, we hope to inspire the next generation of engineers.”
About Formula E and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
As the world’s first all-electric FIA World Championship and the only sport certified net zero carbon since inception, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings dramatic racing to the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities providing an elite motorsport platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to accelerate electric vehicle innovation. The Formula E network of teams, manufacturers, partners, broadcasters, and host cities are united by a passion for the sport and belief in its potential to accelerate sustainable human progress and create a better future for people and planet. https://www.fiaformulae.com/en
About WAE Technologies Limited (“WAE”)
WAE is a world-leading technology and engineering services business delivering pioneering innovation to improve performance, efficiency, and sustainability to a global customer base. Combining cutting-edge technological advances and the industry’s best engineers with precision and speed to market derived from the ultra-competitive environment of motorsport, WAE’s capabilities cover a wide range of disciplines. The company can trace its foundations back to 2010 when Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited began diversifying its operations. WAE has now grown from an embryonic business in 2010 to a company which employs approximately 650 people engaged in leading-edge and transformative technologies for a growing list of clients. Following the acquisition by Fortescue Metals Group, which completed in March 2022, WAE continues to service its existing and new customers and commercialise new technology opportunities, in addition to playing a key role in supporting Fortescue’s decarbonisation strategy. The Company was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2018. https://wae.com/