The Hong Kong E-Prix will see an array of new features added to its programme as 22 drivers from 11 teams take to the city’s harbourfront street circuit on 10 March 2019.
Spearheaded by the debut of the long-awaited Formula E Gen2 car, which has almost double the range and energy storage capacity of the previous car, the event is the first in the region to bring futuristic everyday electric road vehicles to spectators=.
While the iconic Hong Kong harbourfront track remains unchanged with 10 turns and two hairpins, there will be a new addition to the on-track innovation “Attack Mode” for next year event. Activated via special zones on the track, drivers will be able to access 225 kW power in Attack Mode with spectators able to identify which drivers are in mode through the illumination of LED Halos on the vehicles.
“The Formula E experience is much more than the 13 races in the series as it showcases the rapid and innovative technological achievements on sustainable mobility and plays a key role in electric vehicle adaption. Electric-powered cars is the future of everyday road transportation, and the Hong Kong E-Prix has been leading the way in the Greater China region in educating all of us the way to embrace this evolution and contribute to a sustainable future,”said Bob Li, CEO, ENOVA Holdings Ltd., which is the exclusive regional partner of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Greater China.
Joe Wong, JP, Commissioner for Tourism, commented: “In just two years, the event has already become one of the top highlights in the Hong Kong events calendar, which has significant appeal to both overseas tourists and local residents. We look forward to supporting the third edition of the event, and welcoming travellers from all over the world to visit Hong Kong, the events capital of Asia.”
The organiser will roll out a series of interactive activities for fans. FANBOOST, synonymous with Formula E, will continue to lead the way in innovative fan engagement at live events - allowing fans to vote for their favourite driver to receive an extra boost of 100kJ of energy during the race, giving fans a direct impact on the outcome.
The 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix will present an upgraded Allianz E-Village, in both size and entertainment offerings for family over the E-Prix weekend. It will act as a hub for education on the future of sustainable mobility education. The new Formula E World exhibition in the Allianz E-Village demonstrates the advances in battery and electric motor technology, while a new Kids Zone will satisfy the curiosity of next generation motor racing fans and car lovers, and educate youth through immersive and entertaining experiences.
To accommodate the expanded Allianz E-Village, the Lung Wo Road grandstand space will be reduced to allow for more activities, gourmet F&B, and live performances on race day.
The famed podium ceremony will continue to take place at the Allianz E-Village so fans will still have the chance to get up close and personal with the race winners.
Other opportunities to engage with the drivers include the finale of the “Race Around Hong Kong” simulator experience, where e-sport enthusiasts can compete head-to-head against the best drivers on the virtual Hong Kong E-Prix track. The overall winner of “Race Around Hong Kong” will get the opportunity to compete against the likes of season four champion Jean-Eric Vergne and Formula E debutant Felipe Massa at the Allianz E-Village Gaming Arena.
Through a partnership with Sideways Driving Club, simulators will be installed around Hong Kong for the public to experience the magic of Formula E. Fans can also get an early bird discount on tickets from now through midnight on 11 December 2018.