The track layout for Formula E’s inaugural trip to Santiago, Chile has been revealed ahead of the February race.
The electric single-seater series will run on a 1.53-mile, 12-turn circuit through the city center, passing through Avenue Santa Maria and Plazza Baquedano and featuring landmarks such as the Mapocho river and Forestal Park.
A launch event for the Feb. 3 race took place on Thursday, with Chilean driver Eliseo Salazar driving a Spark SRT-01e through Santiago’s La Moneda Palace and O’Higgins Park.
The ex-Formula One and IndyCar driver was joined at the event by Formula E co-founder and Deputy CEO Alberto Longo and the Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
“It’s an honor to join President Bachelet for the first appearance of Formula E on the streets of Santiago,” said Longo.
“South America is steeped in motorsport history and tradition and Formula E will make its own history in Chile for many years to come, starting this coming season.”
Non-state mining company Antofagasta Minerals, meanwhile, has been named title sponsor for the race.
“This race will allow the benefits of electric vehicles to be known by the Chilean people,” said Andres Rebolledo, Minister of Energy.
“Our projection says that if we generate the necessary regulatory, logistics and market conditions, in the year 2050, 40 percent of the vehicles in Chile will be electric.”
The Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix will be the fourth round on the Season Four calendar, following the double-header kickoff in Hong Kong on Dec. 2-3 and the Marrakesh E-Prix on Jan. 13.