The Putrajaya Formula E race, or ePrix, takes place six months from now on October 18 and forms the second of 10 races for the inaugural 2014/2015 season. It has been put together by the FIA, Formula E and local promoter Formula E Malaysia (FEM).
Formula E is the FIA’s new fully-electric single-seater championship beginning in September. Racing entirely on temporary city-centre race tracks, it features 10 teams, each with two drivers, using cars capable of speeds in excess of 150mph (225kph). It’s designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans, whilst accelerating the interest in electric vehicles and promoting sustainability.
At 1.59miles (2.56km) and featuring 12 turns, the street circuit is located near the Perdana Putra housing the Prime Minister’s Office, using much of the main high street and passing several of the city’s most recognisable buildings such as the Ministry of Finance. It also encompasses the beautiful SeriWawasanBridge and Putra Mosque. It will see drivers tackle a mixture of straights, slow to medium speed corners, a hairpin plus a tight first-corner chicane providing good overtaking opportunities.
Last month organisers revealed the circuit design for the season opener of the FIA Formula E Championship, a 2.14miles (3.44km) street circuit around Beijing’s iconic Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium. The next circuit, the Formula E Punta del Este ePrix (Round 3) on December 13 2014, will be revealed six months prior to the race.