The first-ever international single-seater street race in Rome will feature the second-longest Formula E track in Season Four, taking in 21 corners at a length of 1.78 miles.
The Rome E-Prix will race through streets in the business district of EUR and begin on the Via Cristoforo Colombo before running close to the famous Obelisco di Marconi against the backdrop of neo-classical architecture at the Colosseo Quadrato.
The location of the race, which takes place just south of the city center, has sporting heritage as events took place in the district for the 1960 Olympic Games. Most of the area in EUR is the property of EUR SpA and the Ministry of Economy.
After the Marrakesh E-Prix, Rome will be the second longest circuit used next season.
“Seeing and hearing the Formula E cars on the streets of a place like Rome, for me will be a truly unforgettable experience,” said Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.
“The circuit looks long and challenging for the drivers – I’d thank everyone who made it happen, bringing Formula E to the Eternal City.
“This demonstrates the unity of intent to promote alternative and clean energy solutions, speeding-up the transition thanks to the developments and innovations that characterise our series.”
At the official launch of the race on Thursday in Rome, the three FIA Formula E champions: Nelson Piquet Jr, Sebastien Buemi and Lucas Di Grassi, were joined by recently confirmed NIO driver Luca Filippi.
Filippi will become the fourth Italian to race in the series after Jarno Trulli, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Michaela Cerruti.
All of the drivers in attendance today drove through the Eternal City, passing famous landmarks such as the Colosseum and Rome Convention Centre.
“The future means sustainable mobility, innovation and above all respect for the environment,” said Virginia Raggi, Mayor of Rome.
“With this event, Rome will benefit from a positive economic impact as other major cities in Europe and around the world have experienced. Formula E will bring investments and benefits to the city with its legacy program, such as new streets and electric charging stations.
“Our desire is to see more and more vehicles powered by clean energy circulating in Rome, because for our administration – sustainable mobility and safeguarding the environment are extremely important objectives.”
All of the Formula E races in Season Four will be shown via new Italian broadcaster Mediase and broadcast live on the Italia 1 and Italia 2 channels
Formula E is expected to announce a major TV broadcast deal shortly, as well as details on its distribution.