RERsports — An Austin group is trying to bring Formula E racing to city for 2018

RERsports -- An Austin group is trying to bring Formula E racing to city for 2018

 

Austin is one of five U.S. cities being considered for a spot on next year’s racing calendar for Formula E.

Call Formula E a hybrid of Formula One, except its open-wheeled cars race solely on electric energy. And unlike F1, the electric cars aren’t loud and race around a relatively short, downtown circuit.

Formula E, with racing teams owned by Michael Andretti and billionaire Richard Branson, is in its third year. It even has Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio officially singing its sustainability praises.

The lone American stop this season is a doubleheader of races in Brooklyn in July. Other cities on the schedule include Paris, London, Montreal, Mexico City and Hong Kong. The series makes a stop in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday.

“Formula E is excited by the possibility to bring our innovative all-electric World Championship event to Austin, Texas,” said Alejandro Agag, Formula E founder and chief executive officer, in a statement to the American-Statesman.

“Austin is a city that clearly shares our interests in sustainable mobility, renewable energy and smart tech solutions, as well as being renowned for great entertainment,” Agag said. “However, with five U.S. cities already interested to host us alongside our confirmed New York ePrix, I must stress it is a competitive situation.”

Other cities believed to be in contention for a spot on next year’s schedule include Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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