The Dutch city of Eindhoven has serious ambitions to host a Formula E race in the near future and become the first Benelux country to host an E-Prix, according to Robin Frijns.
A thriving EV engineering faculty at its University of Technology and other hubs of future technical education infrastructure are believed to have already been of interest to some manufacturers in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Eindhoven also wants to promote and market its industries in these fields with an E-Prix in the city which has several parties working together on bringing a race to the Netherlands.
The city has to a significant automotive testing facility for testing and European certification of vehicles.
This initiative involves the Eindhoven University of Technology, TNO Automotive and a host of OEM companies in and around the Helmond area.
Eindhoven is also one of the co-location centers of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Last month’s Paris E-Prix winner Robin Frijns says that the bid is serious and that a plan for Eindhoven to possibly host a race is being looked at for the summer of 2021 or 2022.
“It is serious and there is a genuine will to get something done,” the Dutchman told e-racing365.
“I’ve been in contact with people who are trying to get this organized and the talks are looking quite promising because Eindhoven would be a great place to be there because of all the different technology business, etc.
“There are some big companies based there that are relevant to Formula E and what manufacturers are doing with batteries and other technologies.”
Eindhoven has a proliferation of technical and engineering businesses that specialize in battery and electrical engineering meaning that, according to Frijns, it makes more sense than disrupting a major city such as Amsterdam or Rotterdam.
“I think Eindhoven is the way because it all fits with what partners and backers could do and also it would just be less intensive than building a track on a big city like Amsterdam, that wouldn’t be the way,” he said.
“Formula E is not as big as it should be in Holland but I am sure it will be in the future when everyone understands what it is about and how it produces great racing.”