The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the international governing body of motor racing, has ratified the Vancouver event.
This officially places Vancouver on the calendar of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship for the 2021/2022 season, during a three-day event from Thursday June 30 to Saturday July 2, with the practice race, the races of qualifying and championship racing. held on the last day.
“In the short history of Formula E, we have always sought to develop the championship and our reach. Next season should be another milestone for the series with a record number of races and incredible new cities supporting Formula E and our electric movement, ”said Alberto Longo, co-founder and director of the Formula E Championship, in a statement. communicated.
“Coming back to racing in South Africa, with players like Vancouver and Seoul, is a huge achievement for the series, in addition to expanding Monaco to an annual event. “
Unique to Formula E, the Vancouver Festival features a creative business conference on green technological advancements in the automotive industry, as well as concerts at BC Place Stadium on the final two evenings.
The racetrack – approved by the municipal government – winds through the Concord Lands, along Pacific Boulevard between Griffiths Way and Quebec Street, and along Quebec Street between Pacific Boulevard and Central Street. Grandstands and other observation areas will be erected for a capacity of 56,000 spectators.
The event will use 56% fewer public streets compared to the last Molson Indy race held in the area in 2004, and full road closures will only last 48 hours.
The noise emitted by the battery-powered electric racing cars in use is much lower than that of the Indy, and even below the SkyTrain.
More details on this Canadian E-Fest event will be announced in September 2021.
Today’s announcement follows the April 2021 city council decision to approve the event, which saw veteran Canadian organizer OSS Group reach a final deal with Formula E .
“I cannot express how excited we are to confirm the dates for the Formula E event in 2022. For all of us at OSS, Vancouver was the natural fit to bring Formula E back to Canada,” said Matthew Carter. , President and CEO of OSS Group, adding that “the real work begins now” and that they will immediately open an office in Vancouver near the street circuit and employ local residents to form a local organizing committee.
“One of our primary missions is to work closely with the City of Vancouver and the residents of False Creek to ensure this event is here to stay and that we leave a lasting legacy year after year. either charging stations, improvements to facilities or items. of great interest. We really can’t wait to make it a flagship event on the Formula E calendar while showcasing all that Vancouver and British Columbia have to offer. “
The festival is expected to provide Vancouver with major economic and tourism boost, providing $ 80 million in local economic benefits and supporting 3,000 jobs.
Carter thanked Vancouver City Councilors Sarah Kirby-Yung and Michael Wiebe for moving the event forward with their motion last spring.
“We are delighted that Vancouver is OSS Group’s first choice to host this fantastic event, and we are delighted to be working with them to make it a reality for our city. We look forward to seeing OSS working with our teams and the local community to deliver an “electric” event experience in July 2022, ”Kirby-Yung and Wiebe said in a joint statement.
“Formula E is a victory in many ways, ranging from a net zero event that supports sustainable transportation to a huge boost to our hard-hit tourism sector, our residents and our local economy. “
The 2021/2022 Formula E World Championship season kicks off in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia in January 2022 and ends in Seoul in August 2022. Other hosts confirmed to date are Mexico City, Rome, Monaco, Berlin, New York and London.