Beijing, the capital city of the People’s Republic of China, hosts the inaugural event of the fully-electric FIA Formula E Championship and will be located around the Olympic Stadium.
Formula E is a new FIA championship featuring Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. The Championship will compete in the heart of 10 of the world’s leading cities, racing around their iconic landmarks. For the inaugural season, 10 teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head creating a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fan.
Beijing is nation’s political, economic, cultural, educational, international trade and communication centre. The city is located in the northern part of the country and counts as one of the six ancient cities in China. Travellers can explore the past and exciting modern development of today. With about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4,4 million international visitors a year, it is one most popular tourist destinations in the world.
The inaugural Beijing Formula E Grand Prix 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 3.44km in length and featuring 20 turns, the anti-clockwise temporary circuit has been custom made by designer Rodrigo Nunes.
The circuit 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’ pitlane with spectator areas located inside giving fans and an incredible close-up view of the action.
Lucas di Grassi, one of the signed drivers for the Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team, commented: “The Beijing track is an amazing facility. For the drivers, it will be a tremendous challenge to learn the limits of this track quickly, as well as to understand the best overtaking opportunities. The most obvious places are likely to be the first and last corners. The circuit will also require lots of traction and braking stability, while the energy recuperation at braking zones will help to stabilise the car. The pit lane is also unique and requires some special practice to get right.”
Tickets can be bought online at ShuiniaoTicket.
The gold tickets are priced at 488 RMB (55 Euros) and gives you access to the seating area of the lower part of the main grandstands.
The platinum ticket is priced at 688 RMB (85 Euros) and gives you access to the seating area of the upper part of the main grandstands.