With just under five months until the FIA Formula E Championship hits the United States for the first time, the circuit to be used for the Miami ePrix has been revealed.
To be held on Saturday March 14, the Florida city will host round five of the series, and in keeping with the championship’s philosophy of bringing racing to the heart of urban areas will feature a street circuit.
Track design firm Ayesa have taken in some of the city’s major features – including AmericanAirlines Arena and Biscayne Bay to develop the 2.17km, eight-turn downtown Miami course. On paper, the layout contains several 90 degree ‘stop-start’ type corners, which are likely to suit the torque and drive characteristics of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car.
Speaking at the event launch at the Pérez Art Museum of Miami, city mayor Tomas Regalado detailed his excitement for the event: “I’m pleased to be welcoming Formula E to Miami, the location of the first electric single-seater race in America. We are proud to be among the elite group of international cities hosting the FIA Formula E Championship.”
FIA Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag welcomed Miami, and the United States as a whole, as hosts of the championship: “We’re delighted to be officially unveiling the circuit for the Miami ePrix, the host for round five of the FIA Formula E Championship. Having two races in the US is very important to us with America’s rich motorsport heritage and the States being such an influential and burgeoning market for electric vehicles.”
Similar to its organisation of IndyCar events, the Miami event is being promoted by Andretti Sports Marketing (ASM). ASM Chief Executive and also owner of the Andretti Autosport Formula E Team, Michael Andretti said at the launch: “I’m excited that we are serving as the event organiser for the 2015 Miami Formula E race. We at Andretti Sports Marketing are committed to making this event a world class experience and we anticipate a long and great relationship with Formula E.”
The Miami event will be the first of two back-to-back events in the United States, with the Long Beach ePrix – using a shortened version of the famous Grand Prix circuit – to be held as round six of the championship on 4 April, 2015.
Images via FIA Formula E Media
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