Cape Town considers hosting Formula E

Date:6 March 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:,

Cape Town has been approached by The Cape Town Formula E Consortium about hosting Formula E in the Mother City.

Last year, the success of the Red Bull Cape Town Circuit showed that the City is a good option for these kinds of motorsports.

Following the event, the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor Dan Plato and Mayoral Committee Member for Community Safety JP Smith, announced they wanted to add a new international motorsport event to Cape Town’s calendar.

After conducting a study in 2019 to see if Cape Town would be able to host a Formula E race, Jaguar South Africa has shared an interest in making the race happen. The study found three potential circuit layouts that can host a round of the championship, according to Autosport.

Jaguar South Africa and Cape Town officials will be joined by e-Movement to make this plan a reality.

“As a starting point, the preliminary track layout and how it fits into the existing fabric of the precinct – as well as the future development proposals around the identified track – were all key factors in assessing the City of Cape Town’s suitability. The primary objective was to design a suitable circuit layout that will have minimum impact on the city, require minimum construction work, cause minimum disruption to general public and traffic, and, crucially, leave a lasting legacy,” e-Movement chairman Iain Branner told Autospot. 

Formula E, a class of motorsport in which only electric-powered cars are used, sanctioned by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), has been operational since 2014.

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