In May, Formula E Electric Cars will Race Through the Streets of Monaco

This is truly an iconic happening.  Yesterday, FIA Formula E and the Principality of Monaco agreed upon a route for a May 9, 2015 E-prix.

Trulli driver and Monaco Grand Prix race winner Jarno Trulli said: “I think it’s a reasonably good track and obviously the location is fantastic. It takes in half of the Formula 1 circuit, which is enough for the Formula E car and I’m sure it’s going to be good for overtaking. You can see that going down into the first corner there is a hairpin, then we head rearwards down towards the tunnel, where there is another hard braking with a possible overtaking point. From there you head back towards Tabac and the Swimming Pool corners, which in Formula 1 were very exciting and challenging. In Formula E cars they will be slightly easier, but nevertheless still a challenge, especially the exit of the Swimming Pool, which is going to be pretty slippery.”

 

As most of you should already know Monaco is synonymous with Formula 1 racing. Shots from the turns and straights of the city provide some of the most memorable racing images ever.

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Formula One World Championship, Rd 6,  Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday 29 May 2011. Image courtesy of CoffeePoweredRacing

Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday 29 May 2011. Image courtesy of CoffeePoweredRacing

 

Heres a comparison of the Moncaco circuits for Formula E and Formula One.  First Formula One:

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"Monte Carlo Formula 1 track map" by Will Pittenger

“Monte Carlo Formula 1 track map” by Will Pittenger

 

Now the Formula E circuit:

2015 Monaco E-Prix Racing Circuit, courtesy of FIA Formula E.

2015 Monaco E-Prix Racing Circuit, courtesy of FIA Formula E.

 

Comparing the two, it looks like the Formula E track turns back at Formula One’s Turn 3.   No matter, the circuit encompasses many of the well-known and well-raced track sections.  And it’s in Monaco, always a plus.

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