Organisers of the FIA Formula E Championship have revealed the location and circuit layout of the Beijing Formula E Grand Prix – exactly six months ahead of the opening round of the new global electric race series.
As it has been rumoured for months, the inaugural Formula E race has been set around the grounds of China’s iconic Olympic Stadium, more commonly known as the Bird’s Nest and venue for the 2008 Olympic Games. At 3.44 km in length and featuring 20 turns, the anti-clockwise temporary circuit has been custom made by designer Rodrigo Nunes, working in close cooperation with the FIA, Formula E and local partners.
The circuit, which remains subject to final FIA Homologation, boasts an impressive cityscape backdrop taking in both the Beijing National Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium itself. It will see the 20 Formula E drivers tackle a mix of tight left-hand turns – offering late braking and overtaking opportunities – together with twisty chicanes and two main straights. In addition, the track features a unique ‘U-shaped’ pit lane with spectator areas located inside giving fans and an incredible close-up view of the action.
The Beijing Formula E GP circuit is the first of 10-city-centre races on the inaugural 2014/2015 Formula E calendar to be revealed. However its known that the Monaco track is the same as Formula 1 uses and in Berlin the venue will be held at former Tempelhof Airport.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “Now people can visualise where all the aforementioned will come together to put on the world’s first fully-electric race, which we’re sure is going to be an amazing spectacle. Getting to this stage has taken an enormous effort from everyone involved and I’d like to personally thank them for helping us turn the FIA’s vision into a reality. The track looks fantastic and we’re looking forward to going racing come September.”
It’s not known when tickets will go on sale.