ABB FIA Formula E Championship heads higher – to Mexico City
The 2018 Mexico City E-Prix sprints off on March 3 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, the fifth round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.
Contested on the tradition-rich racetrack that first played host to grand prix motor races more than 50 years ago, the high-altitude location presents an ideal opportunity for ABB and Formula E to showcase the advantages of electric transportation as a high-performance alternative to fossil-fueled race cars that is as exciting as it is environmentally sustainable .
Racing through the 17-turns of the 2.1-kilometer (1.3-miles) course, the Formula E cars will demonstrate a major benefit of electric mobility. Unlike the combustion engines of the Formula 1 cars that will compete here in October, the electric Formula E cars do not need to compensate for the thin air of the Mexican capital, which sits at an elevation of about than 2,500 meters (more than 8,000 feet). The close competition, and lap times of just over one minute, will provide fans with a thrilling experience packed into a single day of practice, qualifying and racing.
As the leading fully electric international motorsport, Formula E has been organizing environmentally responsible grand prix races around the world since 2014. To further the series’ development, ABB has brought its name and its long tradition of innovation and energy-technology leadership to the series, now known as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
The current season will see 10 teams and 20 drivers racing through cityscapes including Rome, Paris, Mexico City and Zurich before finishing in New York in July.
Jean-Eric Vergne of the Techeeta Team comes into the Mexico City race with a five-point lead in the championship, 71 to 66, over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, winner of the Marrakesh race in January. Previous races in the current season have also included two in Hong Kong in December and a February 3rd contest in Santiago, Chile.