Japan has taken the first positive step towards hosting a round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship after Formula E and Tokya Metropolitan Government today signed an agreement with the goal of delivering a race in Tokyo.
Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike and Jamie Reigle, CEO Formula E met this morning at an official signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The agreement will see Tokyo city authorities and Formula E work together with an objective of bringing a race to Tokyo in spring 2024, subject to FIA approval in the area around Tokyo Big Sight, the largest international exhibition centre in Japan.
I am excited and honoured to stand alongside Governor Koike and announce the collaborative partnership between Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Formula E. Together we will work to bring a Formula E race to the city in 2024 in support of the Zero Emission Tokyo commitment. Tokyo is an iconic world city, recognised as an innovator in consumer technology, a leader in the automotive industry and a global cultural trendsetter. Formula E is delighted to partner with Tokyo Metropolitan Government to establish the city as a reference in zero emissions initiatives.Jamie Reigle.
Nissan was among the first to commit to Formula E’s new Gen3 era, which is set to get underway with testing in Valencia in December, before the lights go out on the Season 9 opener in Mexico City on 14th January.
We are very enthusiastic about this announcement from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Formula E. As the first Japanese automaker participating in the championship, we would be delighted to have an E-Prix in Tokyo in 2024. In addition, from this season we will be competing as one team for the first time, following the acquisition of e.dams earlier this year, and we would love to have the opportunity to race with our own racing team in our home market.The Japanese outfit’s Managing Director, Tommaso Volpe talking on the excitement of Japan possibly joining the calendar for the first time in Season 10.
The planned schedule for next season currently features 18 races between January and July 2023 on street circuits in 13 cities, beating the previous record of 16 races in 10 different cities.