The ABB FIA Formula E world championship will host their first ever night race for the upcoming season seven with the Diriyah double header in Saudi Arabia taking place under the lights.
The races which are scheduled for February 26 and 27, 2021 will take place at 5PM UK time, 8PM local time with the streets of Diriyah being lit by the latest low energy LED technology powered by fully renewable energy, Speaking about the announcement, co-founder and chief championship officer of ABB FIA Formula E, Alberto Longo said:
We are very proud to partner with Saudi to create Formula E’s first-ever night race. I am confident the race will be spectacular and lead to a style of competitive action we haven’t seen before. As with everything we do, our first thought was about how to bring our sporting vision to life in a sustainable way. Before we innovate our racing product we must be confident we can maintain the standards of sustainable practice we hold ourselves accountable to.
Saudi Minister For Sport His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Alfaisal Al Saud commented on the news saying:
In 2018, the ancient historical city of Diriyah made history in hosting the first fully-electric race on the streets of the region. The debut event sparked so much joy and energy to our sporting journey and was one of a number of major sporting firsts that have since inspired our people and helped to shine a spotlight on Saudi Arabia’s massive transformation under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.“In 2019, Diryah was the first to host back to back races during a race weekend in the region and now once again we will make sporting history. It is very fitting that a place so ancient will showcase the latest in sustainable technology as Diriyah lights up to shine bright for the world to see. We look forward to the dramatic racing and incredible scenes that are guaranteed to unfold under the lights.
The inaugural Diriyah E-Prix was the Kingdom’s first major international event, last year it became the middle east’s first double-header and in February, it will be the first-ever night race for the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, we’re really proud of this. Saudi Arabia is on a journey of embracing renewable energy and technology, and Formula E is more than just a race to be the best, it’s a partnership committed to the future of sustainable technology.
With the circular economy being a key pillar of Vision 2030, we are thrilled to be quite literally shining a light on sustainability through hosting Formula E’s first-ever night race. As a Promoter, the fan experience is at the forefront of our event and we always aim to raise the bar year on year, and we have no doubt that the Diriyah E-Prix will be a spectacle unlike any other.