Tom Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl champion and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, has added another title to his impressive resume: team owner in the world's first all-electric boat racing league. Brady announced on Wednesday that he has acquired a franchise in the UIM E1 World Championship, a new series that will feature high-performance electric boats racing on water in iconic cities around the world.
The E1 boats, called RaceBirds, are designed to fly above the water surface using hydrofoils and reach speeds of over 100 kilometers per hour. The boats will be powered by batteries that can be recharged using renewable energy sources.
Brady said while announcing his ownership, “The boats look amazing. 100 kilometers an hour. They’re so very sleek and cool and modern, exactly what you’d think for electric racing boats on water. There’s similar values of what E1 is all about in what I’ve believed in as well. We want to leave the world a better place than when we came into it."
The Patriots legend also posted on his Instagram regarding his new move and captioned it with, “So excited to be joining the E1 World Championship and honored to be competing against some of the greatest athletes in the world. Throughout my career, I’ve always been synonymous with speed. That’s just what the fans have come to expect. So, Rafa, Didier, and Checo get ready, we are coming for the top spot. LFG!”
The E1 series aims to promote clean energy and raise awareness about the threats facing marine ecosystems. As part of its Blue Action Programme, E1 will partner with local organizations to support projects that restore coastal habitats and biodiversity. The inaugural season of E1 is expected to start in early 2024, with races in locations such as Jeddah, Venice, Monaco, and Rotterdam. More details about the race calendar, venues, and teams will be announced later this year.
The ex-QB will now compete against teams owned by tennis star Rafael Nadal, Formula 1 star Sergio Perez, former soccer star Didier Drogba and more beginning in 2024. Brady has made many big business moves in recent weeks as he signed a $375 million deal with Fox Sports to step into the broadcasting booth from 2024 onwards. He also has an agreement with Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis for a slice of the franchise. Earlier this year, Brady purchased a similar stake in the Las Vegas Aces, also owned by Davis.