The Formula E electric car-racing series is to return to London next year, with innovative plans having been outlined for an indoor/outdoor track.

The track will wind its way through the Royal Docks and ExCeL London venue next summer. The first-of-its-kind track will consist of 23 corners, with the starting grid to be located inside the ExCeL.

Drivers will race along the River Thames waterfront for the season finale double-header, with the rounds planned for July 25 and 26, 2020. The races are subject to circuit homologation and approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

The ExCeL has signed a multi-year agreement to become the home of Formula E in the UK.

Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Formula E, said: “I’m extremely excited to be bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and electric racing back to the UK. Every motorsport series would love to host an event in London – this has been our desire for quite some time now and we’re delighted to have found a new home in the Royal Docks at ExCeL London.

“We have a growing base of knowledgeable and passionate fans in the UK, and this race adds to a fantastic summer of sport as a world-class event we hope Londoners can be proud of. Formula E coming back to the UK extends beyond pure racing excitement, it’s also a strong message for London to tackle inner-city air pollution by promoting clean technologies and electric sustainable mobility.”

Jeremy Rees, chief executive of ExCeL London, added: “It’s an honour to welcome the world’s first ever indoor and outdoor race to ExCeL London and the Royal Docks. Events at ExCeL are thriving and London provides the perfect backdrop to host global entertainment brands, such as Formula E.

“We look forward to working closely with Formula E to showcase the versatility of our venue, creating a truly unique experience for teams, drivers and spectators. Hosting this event, is also closely aligned with our vision to create a more sustainable venue, in the heart of one of the most exciting destinations and best-connected cities in the world.”

London’s Battersea Park hosted a Formula E event in 2015 and 2016.

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