Start your engines, because the Vancouver Formula E race is ready to start.
After an 18-year absence, racing returns to False Creek next summer as part of a new three-day event from June 30 to July 2. Tickets for the Vancouver event start at $ 70 and go on sale Friday at noon. Canadian E-Fest Website.
Vancouver has joined season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, which also includes stops in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, South Africa, China, Italy, Monaco, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea.
Race cars with electric batteries drive around a street circuit that winds through Concord Lands along Pacific Boulevard between Griffiths Way and Quebec Street and along Quebec Street between Pacific Boulevard and Central Street. Grandstands and other viewing areas have a capacity of 56,000 spectators.
The Vancouver E-Prix will use 56% fewer public streets compared to the last Molson Indy race held in Vancouver in 2004, and complete roadblocks will last only 48 hours. The emitted noise from battery-electric race cars is far lower than traditional motorsport, and even under SkyTrain.
In addition to the car race, the event includes a couple of concerts at Rogers Arena, a celebrity race, an esports tournament and a conference on climate change and sustainability. Organizers say the event is expected to cost $ 80 million in economic value and create about 3,000 jobs.
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