Formula E Plans Indoor-Outdoor Race in London
By Community | March 5, 2019
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will return to London in the summer of 2020 following a new multi-year deal with the ExCeL convention centre in the Docklands area.
The event will take place July 25-26, 2020, around a one-of-a-kind track indoor-outdoor 2.4 km clockwise circuit with 23 corners along the Thames waterfront by Royal Victoria Dock.
The plan is subject to circuit homologation and approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
The previous London events in 2015 and 2016 took place around Battersea Park.
“I’m extremely excited to be bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and electric racing back to the UK,” said Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.
“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 at the ExCeL.”
“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.”
ExCeL London CEO Jeremy Rees 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” said Rees. “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 the Motor Sports Association, 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.”