The Formula E electric racing series is only a bit more than halfway through its first season, but it’s already looking like a big success, attracting sellout crowds, major new investors, and a long list of aspiring host cities.
“We have over 180 cities that have requested to have a race, and many of them are ready to pay quite substantial money for that,” Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag recently told Autosport.
Formula E’s mission of promoting electromobility fits in with many cities’ desire to cultivate a modern, sustainable image for their rejuvenated downtown districts. “We want to race in city centers,” says Agag. “We want to give the message that electric formula cars are right for the cities now. It’s difficult to change the perception of electric cars, but that’s what we want to do by showing them in this context.”
The organization is just beginning to plan the schedule for Season 2. Will other cities with distinguished racing histories be added to the circuit? “Probably Long Beach and Monaco will be the only ones, and maybe Singapore,” said Agag. “Singapore doesn’t have a long heritage but it is a nice street circuit which is used by Formula 1.”