The 2016 FIA Formula E HKT Hong Kong ePrix electrified motor lovers in the city when it came to town at the start of October.
When it comes to caring for the environment in motorsports, Formula E is top of the class. And we were recently treated to an incredible package of racing and entertainment when the 2016/17 Formula E racing season kicked off in Hong Kong on
October 8 and 9. The groundbreaking FIA Formula E HKT Hong Kong ePrix at Central
Harbourfront was an incredible high-octane event, watched by thousands of people from around the world, live and on TV. They not only got to enjoy the fast-paced racing but also learned about how this special type of motorsport is helping the environment today and blazing a trail towards a greener future.
Formula E is a class of motor-racing that uses only electric-powered cars, thus cutting
out much of the pollution produced in other forms of motorsport. Now into its third season, the first meet was in Beijing in 2014. This Hong Kong ePrix, a first-of-its-kind
international extravaganza, was the biggest motorsport event ever held in our city, weaving its way through an urban Central Harbourfront circuit which was about two kilometres long and featured long straights and hairpin bends, as well as stunning views of the harbour and the city’s iconic skyline. Grandstands erected around the world’s newest motorsport circuit, including along the track’s 555m main straight, offered unrivalled views of the action. There were more than 6,000 seats in the massive
grandstands and it’s estimated that more than 30,000 people watched the races. The inaugural Hong Kong event was geared to sharing the excitement, the entertainment and the innovation of Formula E with all of Hong Kong.
As our city kicked off Season Three of the FIA Formula E World Series, we saw all 10
teams, each with two drivers, who use two cars a race, with a car swap taking place
mid-race. The cars were all built by Spark Racing Technologies, a company created
for Formula E. Among the competitors was Ma Qing Hua, the only Chinese driver on
the grid, with Team Techeetah. The season wraps up in Montreal on July 30, when we
find out who is the new champion.
Organisers are keen to emphasise how ‘entertainment and motorsport’ met at the event and how the sport’s three core values of ‘energy’, ‘environment’ and ‘entertainment’ were highlighted throughout. The LKF Group was the exclusive ‘official entertainment partner’ and a special eVillage at Lung Wo Road provided a fun home for the entertainment festival. Over the race weekend it featured an array of attractions, with performances on mini-stages, children’s zones and game booths. There were even Formula E racing simulator competitions. Plus, in keeping with the ePrix’s emphasis on promoting sustainability, the eVillage included interactive displays on the latest sustainable energy technologies as well as displays of new electric cars.
Alan Fang, CEO of organisers Formula Electric Racing (Hong Kong), says: “The success of the weekend means that this innovative and world-class motorsport competition is now set to become a Hong Kong people’s event, not only showing that our city can put on an awesome high-octane sports extravaganza but also showcasing the entire city to tourists.”