Formula E is changing the landscape of London this summer, as Wandsworth Council confirm plans to host the race at Battersea Park.
The London leg of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has received planning approval to be held within the grounds of Battersea Park on 27 and 28 June 2015.
Race organisers have also unveiled the proposed circuit for rounds 10 and 11, which will happen in the capital.
Mayor Boris Johnson is said to have played a big part in discussions for the race to take place in London, leading to the world’s first full-electric racing series hosting its final two rounds on a specially created 15-turn, 2.92km circuit. The intricate course has been designed by FE’s London Event Team along with British architect Simon Gibbons.
Talking about the news, Boris Johnson said: “Formula E is set to be a superb addition to London’s sporting calendar. 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.”
Meanwhile, Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E 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.”
As well as the main Formula E action, spectators will be able to lap up the championship’s support race – the FE School Series – which sees children from 10 local schools compete in self-assembled electric kit cars around the fill-size track. The series is organised by UK charity Greenpeace, and aims to inspire young people to develop careers in engineering and sustainability.
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