International organizers of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship, in concert with Formula E Malaysia (FEM), have defined a final layout for the series’ second round of the season.
As expected, the Putrajaya ePrix will be created from within an existing location cited near the city center’s Persiaran Perdana. The plan winds its way through 12 turns for a total length of 1.59 miles (2.5 km). As a location, the event has been established at the city of Putrajaya to further showcase many of the country’s impressive cultural and architectural symbols.
The small Malaysian municipality is located south of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, and currently hosts a population of 80,000. Aside from the fact that Putrajaya serves as the center of Malaysia’s Federal bureaucracy, the area displays an amazing cultural fabric that easily integrates the young with the very old.
The circuit itself expects to attract speeds of up to 125 mph at the end of its long front straight. The plan was designed by British designer Simon Gibbon, who also worked on the design for London’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
According Daniel Abt, principal and driver for Formula E’s Audi Sport Abt, “Malaysia is a very special country for racing. The track layout looks very interesting and has a lot of different corners,” he said. “You have a chicane at Turn 1 after the main straight which gives a good first opportunity for overtaking and slipstream battles. All in all the layout looks really promising and will for sure provide great racing.”
“We’re delighted to be unveiling the layout for the Formula E Putrajaya,” says Formula E CEO, Alejandro Agag. “Six months from now, 20 drivers in state-of-the-art electric race cars will be battling it out on the streets of Putrajaya and I for one can’t wait.“
“The Putrajaya circuit is designed with precision factoring in the city’s environment, and Formula E’s sustainable commitment, to provide a robust racing circuit. Having support from relevant authorities and sponsors will (allow us to) build a championship that provides a lasting impression,” concluded Dato’ Sri Johann Young, CEO of Formula E Malaysia