Formula E comes to Rome

The Formula E calendar is set to feature the Italian capital of Rome for season 4 after a unanimous agreement was reached on Thursday.

The local authority has approved a permit for Formula E to be held in Roma for the next five years.

rome_videoPhoto : FIA Formula E

As early as 2012, plans were drawn up to host Formula E in Rome for the inaugural 2014/15 season but the then mayor of the city Ignazio Marino did not approve it. However, with the appointment of the new mayor Virginia Raggi in June 2016, the plan has come to fruition.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag was seemingly delighted with the development as he said : “The prospect of Rome hosting an ePrix is an exciting one  – especially as that’s where the first concept of the original Formula E car ran on the streets past the Colosseum only five years ago.

“We are continuing to assess the possible inclusion of Rome on next year’s calendar in spring 2018, and I’m sure Rome can assert itself as a flagship event along with the likes of Hong Kong, Montreal, Paris, and New York.

“We are grateful to the city of Rome to grant the required permits, and now we are one step closer to bringing electric street racing to the capital of Italy – a country with strong culture and deep roots in motorsport.”

I have to mention to you however, that the possible Rome ePrix will be held in the residential and business district EUR, and not exactly on the famous Rome roads around the fancy tourist attractions.

That would we cool, but what are the chassis engineers meant to do if you give them cobble stone tracks?

rome-formula-e.jpgPhoto : Drive Europe News

Feature image : Formula E

– Aditya Bhat.


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