Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team, in partnership with National Geographic Kids, has today launched a new Race Against Climate Change art competition with children’s illustrator Rob Biddulph, creator of the online series ‘#DrawWithRob’.
Partnering with popular children’s outlet National Geographic Kids, the team aims to raise awareness to a younger audience of its Race Against Climate Change initiative, which focuses on accelerating the transition to clean, secure and affordable renewable energy and the mass adoption of e-mobility.
Rob started the hugely popular #DrawWithRob series in March 2020, to help parents whose children are staying at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic and gained over 200,000 views on his first YouTube video. The team have worked with the award-winning illustrator to launch a custom climate change livery design competition for children, where fans can learn how to draw the all-electric car through an instructional video and then create their own bespoke livery.
Open to children under the age of 16, the competition is looking to find the most creative nature-led livery for the Formula E team’s Gen2 car, with all entries being collated on the team’s website at envisionvirginracing.com/drawwithrob.
The unique competition will be open for a month, with the team’s Managing Director Sylvain Filippi and Managing Director of Nat Geo Kids, Peter Johnson, starting the judging process on 1 June. The winner will receive a money-can’t-buy-prize, their design featured on an Envision Virgin Racing showcar, as well as tickets to a race in season seven and a video message from top British racing driver Sam Bird. The top three designs will also receive a subscription to National Geographic Kids, where they can learn more about climate change and its effect on the planet.
Sylvain Filippi said:
“I’m extremely excited for the team to be working with Rob Biddulph and the #DrawWithRob series. I’ve got two young children and to be able to teach them both about Formula E and the Race Against Climate Change whilst occupying them at home is great. Finding something that is engaging and fun for kids during this time is extremely important, which is why the partnership with National Geographic Kids is so valuable, it allows us to educate a wider audience of children in a fun way. I can’t wait to see the competition entries and getting to help choose a winner!”
Peter Johnson, Managing Director of National Geographic Kids said: “At Nat Geo Kids we believe creativity is the key ingredient needed to help solve the world’s climate crisis and it’s our mission to nurture this within our readers. Partnering with Envision Virgin Racing and Rob on this great competition furthers our mission so we are very excited to be part of it.”
Multi award-winning illustrator, Rob Biddulph said: “Raising awareness of the fragility of our environment and the dangers of climate change is so important, not only in young people but in everyone. So, I’m very proud to be part of Envision Virgin Racing and Formula E’s drive (pardon the pun) to do so. Also, I just really like drawing racing cars, so it’s a win win!”