A few weeks ago we brought you news that Formula E will be coming to South Africa in 2022. Read our original story at this link. Today we have the Cape Town Formula E track layout to share with you.
Towards the very end of February the world’s only FIA-sanctioned single-seater race series will visit South Africa. It is the first time the series will be hosted in a Southern African country. Formula E is the second FIA event to visit the Mother City in recent times after the World Rallycross championship season finale was previously held at Killarney International Raceway.
The Cape Town Formula E Track will run around the Cape Town Stadium, as reported Motorsport.com. Our sources tell us the start line will be close to the sports fields alongside the football arena. Drivers will probably race towards Green Point and turn left onto Helen Suzman Boulevard. The most likely route is a left turn at the large roundabout to head towards the V&A Waterfront. From there it’ll most likely be a blast alongside the ocean in the Mouille Point area. To return to the stadium precinct drivers will have to take a sharp left-hander and and a final right will direct the battery powered cars back towards the finish line. While our sources have provided good intel before the final layout of the track will only be confirmed after circuit homologation.
The circuit in Cape Town will be hoping to mimic the world famous Monaco circuit, just with fewer luxury yachts. Initially, the plan was for the track to run through the stadium, which would have provided the infrastructure for fans and teams inside the facility such as seating and pit garages. This would have been similar to the most recent event held in London that had an entire section of the track indoors (see video below). However, the access points into and out of the city were not wide enough to accommodate the minimum width required for the racecars.
In their own words
Alberto Longo, Formula E co-founder and CEO, said: “South Africa ticks the box of every single thing we need in order to host a race of Formula E. We want to go to iconic venues that you can really identify very quickly in one shot on TV, and I think this is one of the main reasons we are in South Africa – because they really offer us one of the best, most amazing locations that we will ever do a race at. Having Table Mountain as a backdrop which is a landmark of the city, the sea, the stadium, I think we are going to be able to put a fantastic event up there.
Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said: “Cape Town is pleased to be chosen as one of the cities to participate in the Formula E tournament. The event will unlock major investment, job creation and tourism potential through identifying Cape Town as the racing destination of the African continent. We look forward to working towards this event. The city has the necessary infrastructure and skills to host an event of this size and we are confident that the event will further cement Cape Town’s global reputation as the world’s leading festival and event destination.”