Emma Kimiläinen started to race with go karts at the age of three and entered her first race when she was five years old. Between 1992 and 2004, she gained many victories and podium positions in karting competitions. From 2005 to 2009, the Finnish girl racer competed with Formula cars.
In 2005 she finished 2nd in Formula Ford Finnish Championship, and in 2006 she pulled off a repeat performance while finishing second in the Formula Ford NEZ series as well, and was crowned Champion of the Ford Bowl series. In 2005 Emma was nominated as the Automobile Sport Athlete of the year in Finland and in Southern Finland. The same year she also clinched a “Rookie of the year” title in the Formula Ford Series.
In 2005 and 2007 she was nominated as the Female Automobile Sport Athlete of the year. In 2009 Emma claimed fifth position in the Formula Palmer Audi series in England and from 2014 to 2016 Emma competed in the Swedish Touring Car Championships (STCC) series, making it on to the podium several times and finishing 7th overall.
Currently Emma competes in the world´s first women’s single-seater series, the FIA W series, after being selected alongside 17 other drivers from over 100 applicants. In 2018 she worked as a development and test driver for the Tesla P100DL race car in the Electric Production Car Series while competing in Germany´s Formula Masters ADAC series, finishing 10th overall. The previous year she finished 4th in her rallycross début race in the RX Academy in Finland.
Also in 2017, Emma was racing with V8 Thunder Cars and after one victory and two podium finishes claimed 4th position overall in the NEZ (Northern European Zone) Championship series. She also finished 3rd overall in the Formula Radical series in Sweden. Alongside her racing career, Emma hosts radio and TV shows in Finland. She has commentated Formula 1 races for Finnish TV and has published a humoristic “Woman´s driving guide” that sold out in less than six months.
Emma arranges track days and is also a spokesperson for road safety. Emma, whose daughter is now six years old, has proved that it is possible to combine motorsport and motherhood and have a successful racing career after giving birth.