|Switzerland’s first auto race in 60 years – and it’s electric|
Posted October 2, 2017 by Charles Morris & filed under Newswire, The Vehicles.
For over half a century, Switzerland has been a land with no auto racing. In 1955, the Swiss government banned racing after 80 people were killed at a disastrous crash at Le Mans in France. EVs to the rescue! The law was changed in 2015 to allow racing, but only if it is fully electric.
The FIA Formula E Championship will take advantage of the new rules to bring circuit racing back to Switzerland with the inaugural Zurich E-Prix on June 10, 2018. Zurich will join three other new destinations on the 2017/18 schedule: Santiago, Sao Paulo and Rome.
“Having a race in Switzerland is truly a dream come true,” said Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi. “Thanks to Formula E we have managed to bring racing back to my country. Zurich is the biggest city and racing there will be incredible, I hear the track will look amazing and can’t wait to give it a go.”
“We have supported Formula E from day one, even before the first race took place in 2014,” said Boris Collardi, CEO of Julius Baer. “It is a trailblazer for the future of mobility, for technologies that enable a more sustainable world. Zurich has the ideal community to embrace this vision, with its dynamic cosmopolitan life and deep respect for the environment.”
Source: Formula E