Formula E is set to bring electric racing back to the UK, with a “unique track winding its way through the Royal Docks and ExCeL London” in summer 2020 – for season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
ExCeL will be the new home of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the UK as part of a multi-year agreement. Fans of Formula E will be able to witness racing on the streets of the capital, as the fully-electric cars tackle the 2.4-kilometre clockwise circuit and line-up on the starting grid located inside ExCeL.
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 voestalpine European races on July 25-26, 2020 – subject to circuit homologation and approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
Alejandro Agag, founder and 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.”
Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London, commented: “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 the Motor Sports Association (MSA), added: “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.”