Tokyo indicators settlement to host 2024 Formulation E race

The all-electric championship’s CEO Jamie Reigle signed an settlement with Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike on the Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities Constructing on Tuesday that might pave the way in which for a race to happen within the Japanese capital within the spring of 2024.

It follows an announcement final month by Koike that Tokyo was exploring efforts to deliver FE to town as a part of efforts to encourage the take-up of zero-emissions automobiles.

A particular course will probably be arrange round exhibition centre Tokyo Large Sight, situated on the Tokyo Bay waterfront within the Ariake district of Koto Ward, away from the densely-populated metropolis centre.

Holding a race in Japan has lengthy been a publicly-stated goal of FE, with Tokyo and Yokohama named as candidate cities, however the nation’s strict policing legal guidelines have at all times been cited as a significant hurdle in realising such an occasion.

Nevertheless, progress was lastly made on this division earlier this 12 months, with ex-FE racer-turned politician Sakon Yamamoto, who was elected to Japan’s Home of Representatives in final 12 months’s common election, spearheading efforts to push by a invoice that might make road races potential.

The invoice was set to be submitted to the Weight loss program in March however progress seems to have stalled and it has not but been submitted.

Amid the hurdles of holding a race on public roads in Japan, FE is understood to have toyed with the thought of holding a race on a everlasting course reminiscent of Tsukuba, situated round 60km north of Tokyo, however such efforts additionally got here to naught.

Two demo runs concerned FE vehicles have taken place in Tokyo – one in Roppongi in 2015 with Yamamoto on the wheel, and the opposite the next 12 months with then-Abt driver Lucas di Grassi within the central Marunouchi district.

Information of a Tokyo race will come as a lift to FE’s solely Japanese producer Nissan, which has its headquarters in Yokohama. No Japanese driver has participated within the sequence since Kamui Kobayashi drove for Andretti Autosport within the Hong Kong E-Prix in 2017.

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