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Formula E plots ‘one-of-a-kind’ London race for 2020

Race will feature indoor to outdoor track at ExCeL centre and Royal Docks.

by Sam Carp

Formula E plots ‘one-of-a-kind’ London race for 2020

The Formula E all-electric racing series has announced plans to bring motorsport back to the London with a ‘one-of-a-kind’ race in the English capital from 2020.

The event, which is scheduled to be a season-ending double-header on 25th and 26th July 2020, will feature a unique indoor to outdoor track which passes through ExCeL exhibition centre and along the waterfront on the streets of the Royal Docks. The proposed circuit is 2.4km clockwise and consists of 23 corners.

The new UK race in 2020 will be the first of a multi-year deal which remains subject to circuit homologation and approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

Formula E's 2020 London race will go through the ExCel exhibition centre

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,” said Formula E founder and chief executive Alejandro Agag.

“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,” added ExCeL London chief executive Jeremy Rees. “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.”