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London's Formula E electric car race track revealed

  • 19 February 2015
  • From the section London
Route for Formula E race in Battersea
Image caption The first Formula E season will finish with two dates in London

The route for the London race of the first Formula E season has been announced.

The world's first fully electric motor racing series will finish in London with two rounds held on 27 and 28 June.

A specially created 15 turn, 3km circuit will be created to run through Battersea Park in south London.

British racing driver Sam Bird said the track had "fast straights, high-speed bends, as well as some challenging chicanes and braking zones."

Bird, who competes for the UK-based Virgin Racing team, added: "The track is in the beautiful Battersea Park, right next to the River Thames, just across from Chelsea and with some of the most famous features of London's skyline in the background.

"I think the London ePrix spectators will be treated to some close, fast racing with plenty of action and overtaking."

Image caption Virgin Racing's Sam Bird said he was looking forward to driving in front of a home crowd

The FIA Formula E Championship began last September in China and the season will include races in Argentina, Monaco and Germany.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: "Having two races in London - the final two of the season - was an option we discussed at length with Wandsworth Council and means that London could well be where the inaugural champion is crowned, making it a fantastic spectacle for the city and a great platform to showcase sustainable mobility and clean energy.

"We will now begin preparations for bringing urban electric racing to London but of course that means working closely with all parties and local residents' groups to ensure that we remain sympathetic to all park users."

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