London in line to host Formula E
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given his blessing to the capital serving as one of the host venues for Formula E.
The FIA-backed series has announced eight cities to stage its debut championship next year that will feature cars powered exclusively by electric energy after receiving formal declarations of interest from 23.
London has been included in a provisional calendar that also features Miami, Rome, Los Angeles, Beijing, Putrajaya, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, with a further two slots potentially available.
Johnson said: "Zero emission world-class motor racing is a scintillating concept and I am hugely keen that London be involved in the birth of Formula E.
"It has the potential to highlight the impressive strides being made in the manufacture of electric vehicles, and hosting a street race could also be of considerable economic benefit to our city."
The promoter has already started working with the cities to discuss the specific elements involved in hosting a street race that will hopefully involve 10 teams and 20 drivers.
The objective is to finalise formal agreements with the cities on or before July 1, with a final calendar to be presented to the FIA for its approval at the World Motor Sport Council in September.
At present two teams have already been proposed - one from Britain led by Lord Drayson and another from China.
Italian company Dallara are to design the cars, whilst McLaren are to build the powertrain in a consortium with Spark Racing Technology, a new company led by French businessman Frederic Vasseur.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, said: "We are thankful to all the cities that have expressed their willingness to host our races.
"The fact that cities from all over the world are interested in the championship is extremely heartening and shows a global commitment to clean mobility and sustainability.
"The provisional calendar we publish today is composed of cities in America, Europe and Asia. We look forward to also racing in Africa and Australasia from 2015 onwards.
"At the moment we are working with the eight selected cities on the feasibility and design of the street circuits.
"They will all be in city centres, easily accessible by public transport, and will feature some of the most beautiful and well-known landmarks as a spectacular backdrop for the races.
"The fact we will only race in city centres highlights the main message of our championship - the electric car as a solution for mobility in cities of the future."
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