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The Future of Motorsports
Business, Politics and Society

  • Available for pre-order on May 22, 2023. Item will ship after June 12, 2023
ISBN 9781032299105
June 12, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book takes stock of the position of motorsport in the 21st century and considers how it will continue to influence sport business, politics, and society in the future. 

Presenting a set of thematic essays and multi-disciplinary case studies, the book demonstrates that motorsport continues to play a significant role in relationships between the automotive industry, nationalism, industrialisation and capitalism, as well as motorsports’ position as a feature of contemporary popular culture. Examining issues such as event management and legacy; environmental sustainability and ‘greenwashing’; diversity and inclusion; the rise of gaming and esports, and the use of sport as political soft power, around the world across multiple motorsport disciplines, the book shines fascinating new light on this innovative but sometimes problematic industry. 

This is essential reading for all advanced students, researchers, managers, strategists, sponsors and other stakeholders working at the nexus of motorsport, business, politics and culture.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Motorsport in the 21st Century – Trends and Tendencies

Hans Erik Næss and Simon Chadwick 

Part I: The Motorsport Sector 

2. Formula 1 in the Gulf Region: The Fast and the Furious

Simon Chadwick

3. Governance Controversies and Financial Mismanagement in Motorsport

Christina Philippou

4. When Institutional Capital Flows into Motorsport: From Leagues to Teams

Achille de Rauglaudre

5. The Business of Motorsports in China: From Shanghai to Every Emerging City?

Ren Huitao 

Part II: The Operating Environment 

6. Formula One and Environmental Sustainability: Changes, Shifts, and Future Challenges in Motorsport

Timothy Robeers, Elizabeth Tudor and Mike Stocz

7. Cultural Traditions and Contemporary Pressures: The Path Ahead for the FIA World Rally Championship

Sam Tickell

8. Motorsport Racing to Save the Planet: The Business Model of Extreme E

Cem Tinaz

9. Motorcycle Racing, its Past and Future at the Isle of Man: Events and Value Co-creation

Harald Dolles 

Part III: Social Responsibility 

10. The Prospect of Societal Duties in Motorsport: Racing for Humanity?

Hans Erik Næss

11. Gendered Representations in Motorsports and the Case of the F1 Grid Girls: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Anna Tippett

12. What Initiatives May Help Women in Motorsport?: A Commentary Essay

Lin Li

13. Processes of Greenwashing, Virtue Signalling and Sportwashing in Contemporary Formula One: Formula Façade?

Damion Sturm

14. Twitter Activism (or lack of it) During the Saudi Arabian Formula E Motorsport Races in 2018 and 2019: Does Anybody Care?

Hans Erik Næss and Martin Hölzen

15. How Online Trolling Affects Offline Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Motorsport Sponsorship: Fighting on Twitter

Bradon Peterson and Christine Wegner 

Part IV: Digital and Technology 

16. The Gamification of Formula One

Mark Finn

17. A Convergent Approach to Motorsport Digital Video Content and Data: Gaining Traction

Jamie Coles and Alex Fenton

18. Autonomous Racing as the Future of Motorsport: An Empirical Investigation of the Attractiveness of Autonomous Car Racing for Generation Z Spectators

Salomée Bracke and Patrick Planing

19. Future Growth of Formula E: Reinforcing Spectators’ Sensory Experience through Sonic Branding

Jeongbeom Hahm

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Hans Erik Næss is Professor of Sport Management at Kristiania University College, Norway. His areas of expertise include sustainability, sport management, sport organizations, sport and politics and social responsibility, and he is the author of several books on motorsports. 

Simon Chadwick is Professor of Sport and Geopolitical Economy at Skema Business School, France. Chadwick’s work focuses on sport’s geopolitical economy. He has worked extensively with some of the most prominent people and organisations in the sport industry, including Formula E, and several F1 drivers and teams.