formula e thailand

Bangkok has joined the list of candidate cities bidding to host the new FIA Formula E Championship, which begins next year. Earlier this year, organisers Formula E Holdings presented the FIA with a preliminary list of eight cities (London, Rome, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro) as potential venues to host races for the inaugural season, and Bangkok makes it nine.

Since the launch of the series last August, FEH has received formal letters of interest from 23 cities across five continents – a total of 10 races are scheduled for 2014, and the final calendar will be presented to the FIA for its approval at the September 2013 World Motor Sport Council gathering.

Formula E is a new FIA championship set to feature racing cars powered exclusively by electric energy, with races set to be held in the heart of the world’s leading cities, around their main landmarks. The series, which plans to field a a grid of 10 teams and 20 drivers when it begins, is designed to promote interest and investment in electric vehicles and sustainable motoring.

Demonstrations of the first cars will commence later this year. The event in Bangkok also saw the fully-electric Formula E car making its first ever appearance in Asia.