A far cry from the ear-splitting, high-octane, fuel-injected image of Formula 1, Formula E is a young championship that is quickly attracting a different variety of racing fan.

Coinciding with the UN's Climate Change conference, Marrakesh welcomed the first edition of the ePrix, which was the first Formula E race on the African continent, and we were on hand to provide a behind-the-scenes look inside the pit during the qualifying trials, as well as for the race itself.

Rather than directly competing with the celebrity of Formula 1, Formula E acts to complement its louder, more aggressive older sibling. Tighter corners and relatively short straight sections emphasize the superior low-speed acceleration performance of Formula E cars, while races are much shorter at about 50 minutes, forcing drivers to make the most out of every turn.

From a spectator perspective, fans are permitted to sit closer to the track to better enjoy the action, which features recognizable names like Jaguar and Renault competing alongside lesser-known competitors including Faraday Future and NextEV, two electric car companies backed by Chinese firms.

Many are heralding Formula E as the future of motorsports, including figures like Leonardo DiCaprio and Antonio Banderas, as well as eccentric billionaire Richard Branson who stated "...there will come a time when Formula E will overtake Formula 1."

Swiss Renault driver Sebastien Buemi took home first prize in the event, followed by Sam Bird of DS Virgin Racing, and Felix Rosenqvist from Mahindra Racing.

To see more, watch driver Lucas di Grassi go where no Formula E has ever gone before, the Arctic ice cap.

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