Life & CultureFormula E Set to Bring Electric Racing Back to London in Summer 2020

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Formula E racing is set to return to London in Summer 2020, on a unique track winding around the Royal Docks and inside the ExCeL buildings.

Season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will take place in London in Summer 2020, as the fully-electric cars tackle a 2.4km clockwise circuit after lining up on a starting grid located inside ExCeL.

London E-Prix Track Map – image courtesy FiA

Consisting of 23 corners, the track layout will see the drivers running along the waterfront for the season finale double-header – the final two rounds of the European races on July 25th and 26, 2020 – subject to circuit homologation and approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “I’m extremely excited to be bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and electric racing back to the UK. Every motorsport series would love to host an event in London – this has been our desire for quite some time now and we’re delighted to have found a new home in the Royal Docks at ExCeL London. We have a growing base of knowledgeable and passionate fans in the UK, and this race adds to a fantastic summer of sport as a world-class event we hope Londoners can be proud of. Formula E coming back to the UK extends beyond pure racing excitement, it’s also a strong message for London to tackle inner-city air pollution by promoting clean technologies and electric sustainable mobility.”

Formula E cars at ExCel London – image courtesy FiA

Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London, said: “It’s an honour to welcome the world’s first ever indoor and outdoor race to ExCeL London and the Royal Docks. Events at ExCeL are thriving and London provides the perfect backdrop to host global entertainment brands, such as Formula E. We look forward to working closely with Formula E to showcase the versatility of our venue, creating a truly unique experience for teams, drivers and spectators. Hosting this event, is also closely aligned with our vision to create a more sustainable venue, in the heart of one of the most exciting destinations and best connected cities in the world.”

David Richards, Chairman of Motorsport UK, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to see the return of Formula E to London. This innovative race series will be welcomed by fans throughout the country.”

Formula E cars at the Royal Docks – image courtesy FiA

Battersea Park was home to the only motor racing circuit located in London from 2015 to 2016, when it hosted the final two races of the 2014–15 Formula E season, and also the second season. The track was 2.922 kilometres (1.816 mi) in length and featured 17 turns. Controversially, the circuit ran through Battersea Park, and it was announced in 2016 that the Formula E race would not be held there again.

There’s live coverage of the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix on BBC 2 on Sunday, March 10 at 07:30 GMT.

For more information on the London E-Prix and to be the first to hear about ticket offers, visit the website www.FIAFormulaE.com.

 

 

 

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