The London race track circuit for the first Formula E racing season has been unveiled. The final rounds of the electric motor racing series will take place in London on 27th and 28th June. The 3km route has 15 corners, running through the Battersea Park region of South London.
Driver Sam Bird, part of the Virgin Racing Team, was impressed, saying the track has, “fast straights, high-speed bends, as well as some challenging chicanes and braking zones.” Bird added, “The track is in the beautiful Battersea Park, right next to the River Thames, just across from Chelsea and with some of the most famous features of London’s skyline in the background. I think the London ePrix spectators will be treated to some close, fast racing with plenty of action and overtaking.”
The FIA Formula E Championship started in September 2014 in China, and the season will take drivers to such far-flung countries as Argentina, Monaco and Germany.
The CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, said, “Having two races in London – the final two of the season – was an option we discussed at length with Wandsworth Council and means that London could well be where the inaugural champion is crowned, making it a fantastic spectacle for the city and a great platform to showcase sustainable mobility and clean energy.”
“We will now begin preparations for bringing urban electric racing to London but of course that means working closely with all parties and local residents’ groups to ensure that we remain sympathetic to all park users.”