Montréal hosts FIA Formula E Championship racing finale

Richard Burnett

Montréal will be the epicentre of the racing world when the city hosts the season finale of the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series. Thousands of open-wheel racing fans from around the world will attend the two final races of the FIA Formula E Championship season, taking place in Montreal on July 29 and 30.

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Drivers, start your engines!

The 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship sees 10 teams and 20 drivers go wheel-to-wheel in 12 races held in 9 cities on four continents in the race to be crowned Formula E champion. The third season of the electric street racing series started last October 9 in Hong Kong, and the glamourous jet set circuit also boasts races in such cities as Buenos Aires, Monaco and Berlin.

Street racing in downtown Montréal

The FIA Formula E Hydro-Québec Montreal ePrix will take place in the heart of Montréal’s downtown Ville-Marie borough. The 20 fully-electric Formula E cars will begin the race from the start line on Boulevard Rene-Levesque. The 2.75 km (1.71 mile) circuit consists of 14 turns and winds its way along Rue Viger East and past Maison Radio-Canada.

Racers accelerate from 0–100 km/h in 3 seconds!

Some people believe Formula E cars don’t make noise, but that is false: the electric racing cars make a high-pitched sound described as “futuristic.” Together, all the cars sound like a jet taking off!

The average Formula E car has at least 250 horsepower (190 kW) and is able to accelerate from 0–100 km/h in 3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 225 km/h. The cars are developed by world-leading partners in the motorsport industry and driven by many of the finest race car drivers in the world.

Montréal ePrix’s family-friendly eVillage

Tickets to the FIA Formula E Hydro-Québec Montreal ePrix are affordable (via evenko), and there are various fun and educational family activities in the eVillage where Formula E fans can also meet the drivers at the autograph session. A main stage will welcome live musicians and DJs while a few steps away, fans will be able to test their abilities on a dozen racing simulators. There will also be racing games, an introduction to the world of artificial intelligence, BMX stunts, breakdancing and a restaurant area.

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Formula E’s environmental footprint

The championship is an opportunity for the motor industry to showcase its latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions.

Cars are powered with a virtually zero emissions and 100 per cent renewable fuel, from the revolutionary Formula E glycerine generators.

Race tyres used by all 10 teams are hybrids specially designed by Michelin. The tyres are suitable for all weather conditions, last the entire race and are all recycled at the end of the day.

Organizers also point out that by drawing race fans to city centres like downtown Montréal encourages the use of public transport.

Legacy of ePrix racing in Montréal

The FIA Formula E Hydro-Québec Montreal ePrix is one of the highlights of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. The race is sponsored by Montréal c’est électrique! (Montréal, It’s Electric!), a non-profit organization which promotes transportation electrification in Montréal.

Says Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre, “Montréal has everything it takes to host a formula electric race: a festive city, a city with a reputation for staging high-quality major international events, and above all a city that’s undertaken a determined shift towards electrification.”

The FIA Formula E Hydro-Québec Montreal ePrix races will be held on July 29 and 30. Click here for the Montréal ePrix’s official Facebook page, and here for the official FIA Formula E website.

Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett, blogger

Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.

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