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December 20, 2018
Trained by Nissan, 19-year-old made her electric racing debut on Sunday
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Dec. 20, 2018) – Having already female recorded fastest time and first place in two rounds at the Saudi Time Attack Championship at Al-Reem race track in Riyadh last month, Reem Al-Aboud, 19 years old, is now the first Saudi woman to drive hot laps in Formula E.
Reem has been trained by Saeed Al Mouri, Saudi racing champion, and also training in Le Mans, France, on the Formula E simulator at e.dams. She started her electric racing journey at Ad Diriyah circuit in Riyadh on Dec. 16, the day after the first race of season five of the all-electric street racing championship.
Waleed Arab, General Manager of Communications at Nissan Saudi Arabia, commented: “It’s a proud moment when any of the drivers Nissan train prove themselves on track. This moment is particularly significant as it’s a series of firsts; Reem is the first Saudi female driver to take a Formula E car on track on the same weekend that Nissan e.dams made their debut as the first Japanese manufacturer in Formula E; during the first ever Formula E race to be held in Saudi Arabia. I would like to extend my appreciation to Saeed Al Mouri, the Saudi racing champion who trained Reem, for his support and for making this opportunity a reality.”
“With her youth and exceptional driving skills, Reem – talent-spotted and trained by Nissan Saudi Arabia – has proven herself to be an inspiration to female drivers. It's no wonder Nissan has selected her to participate in this pioneering arena: Reem represents the future, and so does Formula E.” Waleed added.
Nissan is the first Japanese company to enter the ABB FIA Formula E championship series. As the world leader in electric cars – having sold more than 380,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles since 2010 – the company has used its expertise to develop a race car with a bespoke electric motor, inverter and gearbox. For Nissan, Formula E represents the performance side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility — the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.