The Hong Kong ePrix will be held on October 9, 2016 on a street circuit in the city’s Central district, electrifying the harbourfront with the exhilaration of top-flight, international motorsport – minus the emissions. Set against the iconic skyline, the inaugural Hong Kong ePrix will be part of the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric racing series and a ground-breaking innovation in sport and entertainment.
The Hong Kong ePrix is privately funded, with the government providing minor infrastructure improvement works in order to ensure the track complies with all FIA safety requirements. Spectator stands and viewing areas are currently being confirmed, and the surrounding buildings will provide numerous vantage points for thousands more to watch all the action.
The launch was officiated by The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region the Honourable CY Leung; Mr. Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Mr. Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E Holdings; Mr. Lawrence Yu Kam-Kee, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association.
Lawrence Yu is a driving force behind the project, and was on hand to help make the announcement: “I would like to thank the Hong Kong Government, and particularly the Tourism Commission, for their support in helping to make the Hong Kong ePrix a reality,” said Yu. “The street circuit will showcase our city to millions around the world, and demonstrate that Hong Kong can stage a major international event of the very highest calibre. The Hong Kong ePrix will be far more than a race; it will be a celebration for the entire community.”
The approximately 2km-long track will run between Lung Wo Road and the Star Ferry, with cars reaching speeds of up to 225kph (140mph). The circuit runs clockwise and features a half-a-kilometre main straight between Turns 1 and 2, which are also the circuit’s best overtaking opportunities, plus a chicane.
The announcement comes exactly a year before the world’s most technologically advanced electric-powered racing cars will take to the newly-created Central street circuit for the first time in Hong Kong’s history.
The FIA Formula E championship has attracted vast global attention since its launch last year, with global TV audience of more than 190 million during first season. The championship is centered on the three core values of energy, the environment and entertainment, giving the Hong Kong ePrix wide appeal amongst residents and visitors alike.
Commented Alejandro Agag, Formula E Holding’s CEO: “The Hong Kong ePrix will be one of the highlights of the FIA Formula E Championship calendar. As one of the most innovative, cutting-edge and fun-loving cities in the world, Hong Kong and Formula E share many of the same qualities. We look forward to bringing all the fun and entertainment of Formula E to this amazing city, and international motorsport back to Hong Kong.”