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A story of 'firsts'
Losberger De Boer meets the challenges of
designing and installing a Formula E pit lane
structure in Saudi Arabia.
by Jeff Moravec

hen Losberger De Boer signed on for an installation related to the ϐirst electric Grand Prix car
race ever held in Saudi Arabia, the company was in
uncharted territory, according to Paul Machin, the
company's senior sales manager in the Middle East.
"This is a story of many ϐirsts," he says.
The 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix Formula E
electric car race was scheduled for mid-December
at the Riyadh Street Circuit in the town of Diriyah,
near the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. Formula
E is a class of motorsports that uses only electric
cars, and the races take place on temporary tracks in
city centers.
Global sports promoter and event production
company CBX, based in Monaco, was in charge of
ϐinding a ϐirm to construct a 190-meter-long pit lane
building, as well as hospitality and outdoor viewing
facilities. Losberger De Boer, based in Bad Rappenau,
Germany, is a global provider of temporary structures.
The request for proposal called for a basic structure
without much emphasis on aesthetics, Machin says.
"Something unique was not a prerequisite, but that's
what we gave them," he says. "We were really looking
to build something that would provide a better overall
experience. Once they saw our designs and the Grand
Prix work we'd done previously, they knew what we
could deliver to make it a better race."
Machin says the task was to build a temporary,
solid, high-quality structure that could be integrated
easily into a seamless complex with pit lane facilities
at racetrack level and VIP hospitality facilities. Visitor
viewing platforms also needed to be constructed
on the second level.
The goal, says Machin, was to produce a structure so
that "visitors would be able to experience the feeling of
electric motorsport in the best and closest way."
That's when the challenges started.

W

The Saudia Ad Diriyah
E-Prix Formula E electric
car race was the first of
its kind in Saudi Arabia.
Losberger De Boer, Bad
Rappenau, Germany,
designed and installed
the 190-meter pit lane
building for the event.
Photos courtesy of
Losberger De Boer.

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