Formula E to race in the Royal Docks using the world’s first ever indoor/outdoor track
Formula E is set to bring electric racing back to London and the UK in July 2020. Set to take place on 25th and 26th July, the event will utilise a unique 2.4km circuit, through the Royal Docks, with the starting grid located inside ExCeL.
ExCeL will be the new home of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the UK as part of a multi-year agreement, with the return of unrivalled inner-city racing and entertainment in the heart of London – a market at the forefront of electric vehicle technology and the adoption of clean mobility solutions.
Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London, said: “It is 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.”
Damian Norman, ExCeL London’s new Head of Events & Attractions, added: “I am delighted that Formula E have chosen ExCeL to host this very unique race. This is the start of a strategic partnership between our two organisations, with a vision to make ExCeL the home of Formula E. We look forward to working together to create an incredible championship finale.”
Alejandro Agag, Founder & 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.”
The appointment of Damian Norman marks the start of an exciting, new venture for ExCeL, which has ambitious plans for growth beyond its core business. The venue, which is already home to 400 events, welcoming 4 million people each year, hopes to attract new audiences, by working with globally recognised brands to deliver world class entertainment and attractions.