Cape Town in South Africa has been named as the latest new addition to the calendar of the Formula E all-electric motor racing series for the 2022-23 season.
The inaugural Cape Town E-Prix will take place on February 25, 2023, and will be the first time a sub-Saharan African city has hosted a round of the series.
Formula E said the race will provide “breathtaking views as the circuit skirts around some of Cape Town's most famous locations” and the track will “make full use of the all-new high-powered Gen3 machine.”
The 2022-23 season, Formula’s ninth, is the first of the series’ new Gen3, which will see the introduction of “the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built” and will feature a record 18 races across 10 cities.
It has kept the 2022-23 designation despite taking place within a single calendar year due to the knock-on effect of previous seasons being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The season will begin in Mexico City, Mexico, on January 14, 2023, and conclude in London, UK, with a doubleheader on July 29 and 30.
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Cape Town is one of a number of debutant destinations, with Hyderabad in India and Sao Paulo in Brazil also joining the calendar for the first time.
It has also been announced Berlin in Germany, the only city that will have hosted a race in each of the nine seasons, has been upgraded to a doubleheader event, while the two races initially announced for Seoul in South Korea have been removed from the calendar.
Alberto Longo, co-founder and chief championship officer at Formula E, said: “We are excited to announce Cape Town as a new destination for our series in Season 9.
"Our local partners are working incredibly hard to bring an ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race to the city and we cannot wait to see the futuristic Gen3 race cars competing against the iconic natural backdrop of Table Mountain.
“Renovation work at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, the venue for our first races in South Korea earlier this year, means we cannot return to the same location next season as originally planned and so we are exploring other options in South Korea to replace this venue. We are also in active discussions with more world cities and venues to host an event on the other date without a confirmed location.”
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