Formula E coming to London
The world's newest (and greenest) motorsport, Formula E, is set to come to London this summer, with two races planned to be held in Battersea Park.
The new open-wheel racing series, which started last year in Beijing, sees 10 teams compete in single-seat racing cars, similar in design to F1 machines, though with the turbocharged petrol engines replaced with powerful electric motors.
Although they are near silent – especially compared to conventional single seaters – Formula E cars are capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds and can reach top speeds of 140mph.
The 'London ePrix', as it is being dubbed, will take place on a 1.8-mile course on the banks of the Thames and will host the final two races of the FIA Formula Championship. The 15-turn circuit has been designed by Formula E's London event team, and will sit in the shadow of the nearby Battersea power station.
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Hailing the announcement as "a superb addition to London's sporting calendar", London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "The atmosphere will quite literally be electric and Battersea, which is already booming with the buzz of regeneration, will be alive with the excitement that this new, world-class event will no doubt spark."
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, told the London Evening Standard: "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."
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