Formula E will hold its inaugural race in Paris on April 23, and details of the circuit have now been revealed.
The Paris ePrix joins a host of street circuits on the Formula E calendar, with drivers set to navigate through, among others, the streets of Buenos Aires, Moscow, and London during the 2015/16 season..
Drivers will face 14 turns on a 1.93km circuit and pass a number of historic buildings in the French capital, including the Musee de la Armee and the Dome des Invalides, the burial site of Napoleon Bonaparte. While the Eiffel Tower is not part of the circuit, it will still be visible.
“As a series we are fortunate enough to race in some incredible locations but none more spectacular than the backdrop in the city of Paris,” Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag told reporters.
“The ethos of Formula E is urban racing in the heart of cities around the world – Paris certainly ticks all those boxes. France is also a key market for the championship as the home of the FIA, Official Founding Partner and Tyre Supplier Michelin, and team partners such as DS and Renault.
“The Paris ePrix will be an iconic setting for Formula E with DHL, the championship’s Official Logistics Partner, delivering the first fully-electric race to the French capital.”
FIA President Jean Todt is confident that the event will be a big success given its stunning location.
“It is entirely logical that a country like France, that has always been at the cutting-edge of innovation, should host an ePrix in its capital city,” he said.
“I am sure that the spectacle offered by Formula E on a track laid out against the amazing backdrop of Les Invalides, will make this event truly unique among motorsport events at a world level.”
The season resumes on February 6 with round four, the Buenos Aires ePrix.