Address: ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London E16 1XL, United Kingdom
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Circuit type: Temporary street course
A unique indoor/outdoor circuit, set in London's ExCeL exhibition centre is set to bring electric racing back to the UK capital, though later than originally planned.
ExCeL has signed a multi-year agreement to host the revived London ePrix, bringing the all-electric series back to the UK for the first time since the last of the Battersea Park events in 2016.
The final circuit layout will be subject to revision and homologation, but will feature a significant portion indoors, with the remainder hugging the side of the building next to the River Thames. Access to the interior of the exhibition hall is via access ramps, which should add another twist to proceedings.
Other features of the circuit include what looks to be a very tight series of switchback hairpins on the northern side of the track, while at its eastern fringe it skirts around the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel and through a car park before disappearing back inside the ExCeL building.
It's definitely different, though it remains to be seen how raceable - or easily watchable - it will prove.
Formula E had scheduled the orignal dual header races to take place on 25 and 26 July 2020, however the coronavirus pandemic put paid to those plans. Nothwithstanding the difficulties of quarantine travel restrictions making international travel and the easing of restrictions on mass gatherings not having taken place in time, the ExCeL has been coverted into an NHS Nightingale Hospital to help fight the pandemic. It has been fitted out with up to 500 intensive care beds, fully equipped with ventilators and oxygen. If the hospital is required to be fully operational, it would be the largest intensive care unit in Europe.
While it only ever was required to treat a small number of patients, the last of which were discharged in May, the facility has been placed on standby by the NHS, ready to resume operations as and when is needed.
The London ePrix is located at London ExCeL in East London, United Kingdom. London City Airport is immediately adjacent to the circuit, while all of London's main international airports are within around an hour's radius.
As with all Formula E events, public transport is the favoured way to reach the circuit. ExCeL has two stations of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) on campus, Custom House and Prince Regent, which connect into the rest of the London Underground via the Jubilee Line. The UK's first urban cable car, known as the Emirates Air Line, also connects ExCeL London to the O2 and North Greenwich tube station.
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