A First for Saudi

by BTM

Sat, 07 July 2018

A First for Saudi

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is set to make its debut in the Middle East next season in Riyadh, with the Saudi Arabian capital scheduled to host the opening round of season five in December.

In a double-first for the electric street racing series, Formula E will bring international motorsport to Saudi Arabia for the very first time as part of a 10-year agreement with the General Sports Authority and Saudi Arabian Motor Federation. Alongside hosting the first fully electric race in the region, the exciting news signals the start of a new era of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with the eagerly anticipated competitive debut of the next-generation cars in Riyadh.

The announcement was made by His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdullah AlFaisal, president of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, and His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, vice-chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, together with Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Formula E.
Pending confirmation of the calendar by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, the E-Prix will see the Formula E cars navigate the streets of the picturesque Ad Diriyah district. Further details on the location and circuit layout will be revealed in due course.