Formula E is coming to India: Electric car racing event to take off in Hyderabad on February 11

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New Delhi: For the first time, the Formula E racing event will be held in India.

The race is set to take place in Hyderabad on February 11 next year

It will be the first time that a major international racing event will be held in the country since the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix in October 2013 at the Buddh International Circuit.

Alongside India, Brazil will also host the E-Prix for the first time as Formula E on March 25 and the FIA ​​has released the provisional calendar for the ninth season.

“Two major motorsport fans will host the E-Prix for the first time. Round 4 of the championship will take place in Hyderabad, India on February 11, while Brazilian fans will see the Sao Paulo E-Prix on March 25 for Round 7,” a press release read.

Earlier this year, the Telangana government and Formula E officials signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in Hyderabad to host the race.

The Telangana government intends to make the state a hub for electric vehicles and Formula E racing will go a long way in helping it achieve this goal.

The race is also expected to give a big boost to Indian motorsport which is in desperate need of a top-level event since Formula 1 was scrapped after three seasons.

Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Championship Director, Formula E, said the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Season 9 calendar is our largest and most dynamic racing program to date and I can’t wait to start.

“We will continue to push the international boundaries of all-electric street racing with the E-Prix in Hyderabad and Sao Paulo, while maintaining the hugely popular races in Diriyah, Mexico City, Berlin, Monaco, Rome and London along with Jakarta and Seoul. now on the calendar.

“We are also working hard to include Cape Town and a race in the United States when the provisional calendar is updated later this year.

Berlin remains the only city to host an E-Prix in the championship’s nine seasons, while Seoul and Jakarta will see the return of Formula E after the inaugural races this season.

Jakarta will host an expanded double-header of races next season.

Diriyah in Saudi Arabia will host the popular night races double header on January 27-28. While Monaco, Rome and London complete the program of named races.

The FIA-sanctioned world championship has grown rapidly over the years and counts on the presence of the world’s leading automakers including Mercedes, Porsche, Nissan and India’s Mahindra Racing, which has been part of the all-electric series since its creation in 2014.

Karun Chandhok is the only Indian pilot to have taken part in the competition.

The racing schedule consists mainly of improvised street circuits which are public roads on other days.

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