|ExCeL E-Prix Circuit|
|Name||ExCeL E-Prix Circuit|
|Location||Custom House, Docklands, London, UK|
|Length||2.4 km (1.5 mi)|
|First Race||2021 London E-Prix I|
The ExCeL E-Prix Circuit is a future street circuit, set to host the 2021 London E-Prix as part of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The ExCeL E-Prix Circuit is to be formed in and around the ExCeL Centre on the Royal Victoria Dock in London, UK, hosting the final two races of the seventh FE season.
The ExCeL Circuit was originally set top host the 2019/20 season finale, although the event was cancelled as a result of the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic which had seen the ExCeL Centre converted into a temporary hospital.
Formula E History
The ExCeL Centre first appeared as a potential host of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship during the 2018/19 season, amid rumours of the series negotiating a return to the UK capital of London. Successful negotiations between the ExCeL's owners (the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company), London City Council and Formula E Holdings were announced on the 5 March 2019, with the London E-Prix formally added to the 2019/20 Championship calendar. The ExCeL was listed as the host of the E-Prix, with the provisional 2019/20 calendar listing two season ending races at the ExCeL.
However, as a result of the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic the 2020 London E-Prix was cancelled, with the ExCeL Centre being turned into a temporary hospital to aid the treatment of patients of the virus.
The ExCeL E-Prix Circuit was revealed at the same time as the announcement of the 2020 London E-Prix, and is set to become the second circuit to host the London E-Prix. An intriguing design suggested that the field would race both in and around the ExCeL, with the start/finish straight in the main arena. The circuit would also run along the Quay Front, and weave its way past the Prince Regent Station.
The ExCeL also signed a multi-year deal to host the London E-Prix.
A lap of the ExCeL E-Prix Circuit opens with a 90° left, followed by a more open right and a short straight. A tighter acute left follows to form turn three, before another short straight leads the field out of the ExCel and into turns four and five, a pair of 90° rights with pit-out on the outside. The circuit then runs alongside the western wall of the ExCeL, interrupted by a right-left-right chicane halfway along.
A 90° right at turn nine turns the field across the north of the ExCeL, with a long straight carrying the drivers into turn ten, a hairpin left. A short blast follows before another hairpin forms turn eleven, this one bending right, before a short, kinked, straight carried the field into turns twelve and thirteen, a right-left chicane. Turn fourteen serves as little more than a kink before turn fifteen, a long multi-apex right that runs alongside Prince Regent station.
From there the circuit runs past the ExCeL hotel and into the eastern car park, with turns eighteen and nineteen forming a multi-apex right. Turn twenty follows as a long left hand corner, followed by an oblique angle right at turn 21 to carry the field onto the Quay front. Pit-in arrives on the outside of turn 22, a tight right hand turn that carries the field back into the ExCeL, with a similarly sharp left at turn 23 returns the field to the start/finish straight.
A full list of records for the ExCeL E-Prix Circuit are outlined below, including a list of race winners.
Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held at the ExCeL E-Prix Circuit:
|ExCeL E-Prix Circuit Winners List|
|2019/20||2020 ABB FIA Formula E London E-Prix||25 July 2020||Cancelled|
|2019/20||2020 ABB FIA Formula E London E-Prix||26 July 2020||Cancelled|
|2020/21||2021 FIA Formula E London E-Prix I||24 July 2021||Report|
|2020/21||2021 FIA Formula E London E-Prix II||25 July 2021||Report|
The race-by-race records for the ExCeL E-Prix Circuit are outlined below:
|ExCeL E-Prix Circuit Race-by-Race Records|
|2021 FIA Formula E London E-Prix I||'||'||'|
|2021 FIA Formula E London E-Prix II||'||'||'|
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 'Register now: Formula E returns to London in 2020', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 05/03/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/february/london-e-prix, (Accessed 05/03/2019)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Register now: Formula E returns to London in 2020', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 05/03/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/february/london-e-prix, (Accessed 05/03/2019)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 '2019/20 calendar revealed: London and Seoul star in sixth Formula E campaign', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/06/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/june/2019-20-season-calendar-revealed, (Accessed 14/06/2019)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Matt Kew, 'Formula E's New York and London rounds cancelled', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 01/05/2020), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/formula-e-news-new-york-london-races-cancelled/4787296/, (Accessed 01/05/2020)
- ↑ Rachel Schraer, 'Coronavirus: ExCeL Centre planned as NHS field hospital', bbc.co.uk, (British Broadcasting Company, 24/03/2020), https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52018477, (Accessed 21/06/2020)
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