The ABB FIA Formula E world championship has announced a record-breaking 16 race calendar for season 8, the final season that will feature the Gen2 car.
The season gets underway with the now traditional doubleheader in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on January 28 and 29 before heading to Mexico City on 12th February. The series will then head to the first of three new venues with South Africa hosting round four on 26th February.
The other new venues on the calendar are Seoul, South Korea which will play host to the final race of the season with a doubleheader taking place from 13 and 14 of August respectively.
ABB Formula E will travel to Vancouver, Canada for the first time on July 2, speaking following the announcement, co-founder and chief championship officer of ABB Formula E, Alberto Longo commented saying:
“In Formula E’s short history, we have always looked to grow the championship and our reach. Next season is set to be another landmark for the series with a record number of races and incredible new cities backing Formula E and our electric movement. To be returning racing to South Africa, along with the likes of Vancouver and Seoul, is a huge achievement for the series, on top of expanding Monaco to an annual event. As our last season with the Gen2 car, it promises to be one of the most exciting yet and lay the foundations for the all-new Gen3 era in season nine.”
Speaking about the new calendar, ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal Susie Wolff whose team go into this weekend’s race in New York leading the championship commented saying:
The provisional calendar for Season 8 looks really strong and it’s good to have it confirmed so early – this will really help with the teams planning and logistics. We’ll be returning to some key iconic inner city locations like London, New York, Mexico City and of course, our home race in Monaco, but there are also some very interesting new additions as well. Racing in Vancouver and Cape Town and returning to China is major progress for Formula E and Seoul should make for a fantastic location for the season finale and Formula E’s 100th race.