PUTRAJAYA – Formula E racing, a new FIA championship that puts the most advanced electric powered formula cars (EV) on the streets of 10 iconic cities around the world, is expected to attract 100,000 spectators when held in the streets of Putrajaya on Saturday.
Fans are urged to catch the electrifying action as top drivers and renowned teams go head to head through the streets of Putrajaya at speeds reaching 250km per hour.
Formula E Malaysia Chief Commercial Officer Nafies Aziz said 20 world class drivers, including two women, would race against each other in the race held in Malaysia for the first time.
“The concept of the race is to take racing activities to where people are living,” she told reporters after attending the presentation of EV by CMS Consortium Sdn Bhd to Putrajaya Corporation and the launch of the Ecoride@Putrajaya Tourism product, here, yesterday.
Among the famous names in the list of drivers are former Formula One drivers Jarno Trulli, Jaime Alguersuari, Sebastien Buemi, Lucas di Grassi, Brunno Senna and Nick Heidfeld.
Meanwhile, Formula E in a statement said in conjunction with the race, roads around the ‘circuit’ would be closed for traffic from today starting 8am till the end of the race on Saturday.
“Nadi Putra will provide free bus services from Putrajaya Sentral for civil servants who will be working and for fans who come to watch the race,” said Formula E in the statement.
On Saturday, cars can be parked at Presint 4 and Floria, from where bus services would be provided.
The statement added that tourists would also be able to take a ride around Putrajaya in an EV, from end of the month through the ‘Ecoride@Putrajaya’ products introduced by the Putrajaya Corporation through 12 EV units supplied by CMS Consortium Sdn Bhd.
According to Putrajaya Corporation President Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat, the EV units would be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) and ‘voice guide tour’ while users would be charged for the service. – Bernama