North America will actually have four FIA Formula E “races” next season with New York and Montreal amongst the additions to the calendar.
They will join Mexico City on the calendar while Las Vegas will play host to a new “virtual” race in conjunction with CES – the massive Consumer Electronics Show in January.
The 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship calendar was announced today, having been approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council by an e-vote.
The massive North American component of the calendar compliments the continuation of American teams Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing who are continuing in the series next year.
The calendar features 14 races, to be staged in 12 of the world’s leading cities, with double-headers for the final two rounds in Montreal and New York. In addition to the ePrix, Las Vegas will host the FIA Electric Mobility Forum on January 7.
“Formula E is all about showcasing fully-electric racing together with the most iconic landmarks in the world – and the calendar for next season certainly matches our ambitions,” said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.
“It’s fantastic to be able to bring Formula E to new markets, but more importantly to new fans. It will be great to finish the third season in New York, pending the approval of all the relevant stakeholders.
The growth and interest in the sport has been on an upward trend since the very beginning, and I’m sure that the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship will once again prove to be a thrilling spectacle.”
Other additions to the calendar include Hong Kong, Marrakech and Brussels. Two races are scheduled as TBA with Singapore, London and Moscow among the cites under consideration for the remaining dates.
“Today and tomorrow the finale of the second season of the FIA Formula E Championship takes place in London and already, the third season promises to be even more exciting. It will tackle a schedule that takes it to some of the most beautiful cities on no fewer than four continents, starting in Hong Kong and finishing in New York,” said FIA President Jean Todt.
“It’s been less than two years since Formula E made its debut in Beijing and today it has staked its claim to being one of the most interesting and innovative championships on the current motorsport scene at a global level, which was not something that could have been taken for granted when it first began.
“More than any other, this championship brings together the two pillars on which the FIA is based, namely sport and mobility. It is also an amazing platform for the promotion of a new model for sustainable mobility, bringing a new form of motorsport to the heart of cities.”
2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship – Calendar
Rd 1 – Hong Kong ePrix – October 9
Rd 2 – Marrakech ePrix – November 12
FIA Electric Mobility Forum – Las Vegas – January 7
Rd 3 – Buenos Aires ePrix – February 18
Rd 4 – Mexico City ePrix – April 1
Rd 5 – TBA – April 22
Rd 6 – Monaco ePrix – May 13
Rd 7 – Paris ePrix – May 20
Rd 8 – Berlin ePrix – June 10
Rd 9 – TBA – June 24
Rd 10 – Brussels ePrix – July 1
Rd 11 – Montreal ePrix – July 15
Rd 12 – Montreal ePrix – July 16
Rd 13 – New York ePrix – July 29
Rd 14 – New York ePrix – July 30