Could the NXT Gen Cup be a good entry-level series for drivers before competing in Formula E?


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In the electrifying world of racing, the NXT Gen Cup is emerging as a beacon of innovation, especially for young talent. This series isn’t just about speed; it’s a comprehensive platform for nurturing the future stars of electric racing. But the question arises: does it effectively prepare drivers for the grand stage of Formula E?

What is the NXT Gen Cup?

The NXT Gen Cup is more than just a racing series; it’s a crucible for molding young drivers into well-rounded professionals. 

Born from a vision of sustainability and technological advancement, this series focuses on electric racing, offering a unique blend of competition and education.

The LRT NXT1 racing car

Imagine a car that embodies the spirit of tomorrow. The LRT NXT1, the heart of the NXT Gen Cup, does just that. With a 30kWh battery and a powerful 230hp output, it’s a machine that lets young racers feel the future at their fingertips. 

Based on the electric MINI Cooper SE, it’s a perfect synergy of familiar design and cutting-edge technology.

Comparing NXT Gen Cup with Formula E

Technical aspects

While both the NXT Gen Cup and Formula E champion electric power, there’s a stark difference in their beasts. Formula E cars are engineered for higher performance, but the NXT Gen Cup’s vehicles offer a more accessible introduction to electric racing technology.

Racing Format

The NXT Gen Cup’s format, encompassing practice, qualifying, and racing over a weekend, offers a comprehensive racing experience. Formula E, on the other hand, introduces more complex elements like Attack Mode and Fan Boost, adding layers to the racing strategy.

Driver from Next Gen Cup playing Cornhole

In this image you can se the drivers have fun with other activities between the races. Here is a driver in the NXT Gen Cup who plays the league’s custom cornhole from / Both stores are run by the same company, but one brand delivers all over the EU and the other store only in Sweden.

The role of NXT Gen Cup in driver development

The NXT Gen Cup goes beyond the track. It offers courses in PR, media, and sponsor relations, emphasizing that a successful racing career is not just about being fast; it’s about being a well-rounded professional. 

These skills are invaluable for any driver aiming for a career in high-tier racing series like Formula E.

On-Track Experience

The real-world racing experience in the NXT Gen Cup is invaluable. It’s not just about handling the car but also about managing race-day pressures, a crucial skill for any aspiring Formula E driver.

NXT Gen Cup’s impact on sustainability in motorsports

The NXT Gen Cup is more than a race series; it’s a statement on the future of motorsports. By championing eco-friendly racing, it demonstrates that sustainability and high-octane excitement can coexist, paving the way for a greener future in racing.

Transitioning from NXT Gen Cup to Formula E

The NXT Gen Cup serves as an ideal training ground for Formula E. It equips drivers with essential skills, from handling electric vehicles to understanding the nuances of electric racing.

The transition from NXT Gen Cup to Formula E, however, is a significant leap. The technical complexity, competitive environment, and higher stakes in Formula E present a challenging yet exciting frontier for NXT Gen Cup graduates.

Challenges and opportunities

Moving from the NXT Gen Cup to Formula E is not just a step; it’s a giant leap. The technical sophistication and competitive intensity of Formula E are several notches higher.

However, this transition presents a unique opportunity for drivers to showcase their skills on a larger stage, applying the lessons learned in the NXT Gen Cup to the demanding circuits of Formula E.


The NXT Gen Cup stands as a formidable entry-level series for aspiring electric racing drivers. Its comprehensive approach to driver development, focus on sustainability, and the practical experience it offers make it an ideal precursor to the world of Formula E.

As electric racing continues to evolve, the NXT Gen Cup is poised to play a crucial role in shaping the future stars of this exhilarating sport.

Anton Gustafsson
Anton Gustafsson
Anton is a Swedish Formula One expert and he is the co-founder of He is a big fan of Formula 1 and he cheers for the Italian team Scuderia Ferrari. Anton has not missed a single Grand Prix since he started following F1 a few years ago.


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