The London E-Prix will return to the ABB Formula E calendar after a four-year absence, with a new track set to electrify the iconic Docklands and ExCel centre.
London previously hosted races in 2015 and 2016 at Battersea Park, deciding the first two champions in enthralling and intense season finales, the most recent being the infamous clash between title rivals Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi.
The new track will be a series first as it utilises a unique indoor/outdoor layout with 23 turns, passing through the ExCel centre and surging past the Thames waterfront. Subject to approval from the FIA World Motor Sport Council, it will be a double-header season finale for season six.
“I’m extremely excited to be bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and electric racing back to the UK,” said Formula E 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.”
“It’s an honour to welcome the world’s first ever indoor and outdoor race to ExCeL London and the Royal Docks,” said Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London.
“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.”