All About Formula-E: Where Do They Race?
With the advent of Formula-E upon us, it’s a fair question to ask about the tracks. Do Formula-E races take place on Formula 1 tracks? Where do they race?
Here’s the circuit for the September 13, 2014 inaugural race in Beijing, China:
As you can see, from these two images, Formula-E races take place on ordinary city streets. It might be obvious to say that the host city will make sure that the racing surface will meet Formula-E requirements. If they raced on today’s pothole-ridden streets in Chicago, I doubt anyone would survive the first lap.
This circuit is centered around Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium and Aquatic Center area. It’s also good that Formula-E is emissions-free racing. I’m fairly certain the air in Beijing will be foul. The track is 3.44 kilometers long, with 20 turns. Take a look at the 5 right angle and 2 near right angle turns. I especially like the chicane just about halfway in the smooth arc between Turns 14 and 19. Given they’ll be on ordinary city streets, I expect tight racing. With this layout, I also expect some pretty high average speeds as well. Click here for the Beijiing Circuit Guide.
The second Formula-E race will take place in Malaysia, in the city of Putrajaya. This circuit also runs counter-clockwise. Take a look at the straight between turns 1 and 12. This layout is 1.59 kilometers with 12 turns. This one will be good to watch drivers literally dogfight in this short layout. Click here for the Putrajaya Circuit Guide.
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