Here's what the Formula E Cape Town track might look like if it's green-flagged by the FIA

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Formula E is set to come to Cape Town in 2023.
Formula E is set to come to Cape Town in 2023.
Xavier Bonilla
  • ABB FIA Formula E is expected to descend upon Cape Town in 2023.
  • Street circuit awaits FIA approval ahead of the 2023 calendar announcement.
  • The track is expected to be one of the fastest of the all-electric race series.
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The Cape Town E-Prix will start at the Green Point precinct's Vlei Road, where a field of world-class drivers will race with Signal Hill as a backdrop. Then it's a left turn into Helen Suzman Boulevard and another left into Granger Bay Boulevard, presenting the racers with two sharp chicanes. Drivers will then head along the oceanfront on Mouille Point's Beach Road before taking a sharp left-hander into Fritz Sonnenberg Road and a final right to reach the finish line.

According to a statement released by the ABB Formula E World Championship, that's the plan anyway. The 2.8km street circuit is expected to be the fastest track on the electric race car series' calendar if the FIA green-lights it in time for the 2023 season.

A first for sub-Saharan Africa

If Cape Town hosts a Formula E race next year, it will become the first sub-Saharan African city to do so. The full calendar and dates are to be released later this year. Cape Town will join the likes of Monaco, Mexico City, Berlin, London and New York as city centres hosting a Formula E World Championship race.

The Formula E race will be the headline attraction of E-Fest, a new week-long showcase of sustainability, e-mobility and renewable energy solutions. E-Fest will incorporate an Investor Summit, which will bring together people and organisations to financially support the transition to a green economy, and an e-Mobility Festival, which will showcase e-Mobility solutions and their role in building a green economy.

Read: Plug-in, baby! Volvo's electrifying XC60 Recharge hybrid has landed in South Africa

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Sam Bird leading the ABB FIA New York City E-Prix.

Premier of the Western Cape Alan Winde says: "I am so pleased that the Western Cape will be hosting the Formula E and E-Fest, showcasing our province as the Green Economy Hub of Africa.

"This event will also be a perfect opportunity to showcase our destination as an attractive place for tourism and investment, as we focus on growing our economy and creating an enabling environment for the private sector to create jobs. I wish the organisers all the best."

e-Movement (Pty) Ltd has secured the rights to the event for five years, starting in 2023. They say bringing the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to the country is part of a broader vision to accelerate the transformation of the Western Cape and South Africa into an innovation hub that can drive the renewable energy and mobility transition across the continent.

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