Formula E will race under floodlights for the first time in its history in 2021, with February’s Diriyah E-Prix hosting the World Championship’s first-ever night race.
The Saudi Arabian venue joined the Formula E calendar in 2018 as part of a 10-year deal in line with its Vision 2030 sustainability targets and has been aiming for a night event since the end of Season 5.
The track will be lit using low consumption LED technology which, in turn, will be powered by fully renewable energy, in alignment with the series’ carbon neutral status.
“We are very proud to partner with Saudi to create Formula E’s first-ever night race,” said Formula E Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer, Alberto Longo.
“I am confident the race will be spectacular and lead to a style of competitive action we haven’t seen before.
“As with everything we do, our first thought was about how to bring our sporting vision to life in a sustainable way.
“Before we innovate our racing product we must be confident we can maintain the standards
of sustainable practice we hold ourselves accountable to.”
As a double-header event, the Diriyah E-Prix will mark the third and fourth races of Season 7, with the campaign commencing on January 16 in Santiago, Chile.
With its altered time, the Diriyah leg of the series will run at 17:00GMT [20:00 local time], with the Santago opener taking place at 18:00 GMT [15:00 local time].
“In 2018 the ancient historical city of Diriyah made history in hosting the first fully-electric race on the streets of the region,” added His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, the Minister of Sport.
“The debut event sparked so much joy and energy to our sporting journey and was one of a number of major sporting firsts that have since inspired our people and helped to shine a
spotlight on Saudi Arabia’s massive transformation under the Kingdom’s vision 2030.
“In 2019 Diryah was the first to host back to back races during a race weekend and now once again we will make sporting history.
“It is very fitting that a place so ancient will showcase the latest in sustainable technology as Diriyah lights up to shine bright for the world to see.
“We look forward to the dramatic racing and incredible scenes that are guaranteed to unfold under the lights.”
Formula E pre-season testing will take place this weekend at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, where all teams and 24 drivers will complete the first and only group test of the season.
Following the signing of Tom Blomqvist to NIO 333, only one seat remains vacant, although Dragon Penske Autosport is set to continue its relationship with Nico Muller for a second successive season.