Formula E, the all-electric motor racing series, will race in the Japanese capital of Tokyo for the first time in its 2024 season.
The race will be the seventh round of the 10th campaign and will take place on March 30, 2024.
It will be the first world championship motorsport event sanctioned by the FIA governing body to be held in Tokyo and has been confirmed after Formula E and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2022 with the goal of staging the race.
The Tokyo E-Prix is being held to support Tokyo’s Zero Emission Vehicle initiative, which is part of the Zero Emission Tokyo strategy aimed at achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
Tokyo's governor Yuriko Koike said: “Centering on spreading the use of zero-emission vehicles, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is accelerating actions in all realms to realize Zero Emission Tokyo, an environmentally advanced city that does not emit carbon dioxide …
“This race will be held around Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo’s bay area, where developments are underway to become a sustainable next-generation city. Let’s all look forward to seeing up close the dynamism of this race to be held for the first time in Japan and cheer the racers on.
“The race will not only add momentum to the spread of zero-emission vehicles but will also provide a wonderful opportunity to enhance Tokyo’s international presence by showing the attractions of our city to the world. Tokyo will join forces with the organizers and others related to the race to ensure its success.”
Tokyo forms part of a 17-race provisional season 10 calendar, one more than the 16 races that ultimately comprise the ongoing 2023, ninth season. Two planned rounds in Seoul, South Korea, that were dropped would have taken this season’s calendar up to 18 races.
Season 10 begins in Mexico City, Mexico, on January 13, 2024, before returning to Diriyah in Saudi Arabia for a doubleheader – and the only night race on the calendar – later that month.
Rounds four and five in February remain unallocated, along with round 13 in May.
The series visits São Paulo in Brazil on March 30 before its debut in Tokyo, after which there is a second doubleheader – the Italian capital of Rome on April 13 and 14.
Monaco follows as round 10 on April 27, with Berlin in Germany taking the third of four doubleheader slots on May 11 and 12.
Jakarta in Indonesia returns for its third appearance as round 14 on June 8 after attracting a record audience of more than 13.4 million live viewers for its debut in season eight. (The second visit to Jakarta took place earlier this month – June 3 and 4 – as rounds 10 and 11 of season nine.)
Season 10 concludes with round 15 in Portland, US, on June 29, 2024, followed by a doubleheader in London, UK, on July 20 and 21.
Alberto Longo, co-founder and chief championship officer at Formula E, said: “We are excited to take Formula E to the streets of Tokyo next season. It is an iconic world city providing the perfect backdrop to showcase the unique qualities of our sport and will capture global attention. The season 10 calendar represents our ongoing mission to create a dynamic schedule of new cities hosting races for the first or second time like Tokyo, São Paulo, and Portland alongside established hosts like Berlin, Rome, London, Monaco, Diriyah, and now Jakarta.”
For the unallocated rounds, Formula E has said it is in “advanced discussions with a range of potential host cities that would see the championship create more showpiece race events in iconic global locations.”
Jeff Dodds, chief executive at Formula E, commented: “Tokyo will be a highlight of our historic 10th season. We are also in advanced discussions with many more iconic world cities that are keen to host a Formula E race and create blockbuster world championship motorsport events with us. We expect this to be reflected in the updated calendar published later this year.”
Marek Nawarecki, director of the FIA Circuit Sport Department, added: “This calendar is an illustration of Formula E’s continuing growth and promises to treat fans to another season of superb racing with the new GEN3 car, which has already produced countless crowd-pleasing battles.
"The schedule offers an appealing blend of established Formula E favorites like Mexico City, Rome, Monaco, Berlin, and London and popular recent additions such as São Paulo and Jakarta. We are also delighted that the championship will visit Japan for the first time. This will also increase the series' presence and impact in Asia, which is important for many manufacturers.”
There are five rounds of the 2023 season of Formula E remaining, with doubleheaders in Rome and London following the series’ debut in Portland.