By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer
Six months ahead of FIA Formula E’s maiden voyage to the streets of Rome, the track the all-electric series will compete on has been revealed.
With Italian Luca Filippi (NIO) and previous champions Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Sebastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) on hand, FIA Formula E officials unveiled the track layout for the inaugural Rome E-Prix on Thursday.
“I’m excited to be here today to present the first-ever E-Prix in Rome,” Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said in a release. “Meeting, seeing and hearing the Formula E cars on the streets of a place like Rome, for me, will be a truly unforgettable experience.”
The race will take place in the business district of EUR, beginning at the Via Cristofore Colombo.
At 1.77 miles in length, the Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR will be the second longest race track on the season four schedule, trailing only the Marrakesh E-Prix. The course features 21 turns, leading drivers around the Obelisco di Marconi and within sight of the Colosseo Quadrato as they compete in front of a grandstand capacity of approximately 10,000 seats.
As part of a promotional event for the announcement, the quartet of drivers on-hand piloted their race cars through Rome’s Eternal City, past the iconic Colosseum and to the Rome Convention Center.
The Rome E-Prix will take place on April 14, 2018. The grand prix will mark the midway point of the 2017-18 Formula E season, falling in Round 7 of 14 between races in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Paris, France.