The 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix will see a range of
new features added to the programme as 22 drivers
from 11 teams take to the city’s Harbourfront street circuit on
Sunday, 10 March.
Spearheaded by the debut of the long-awaited
Formula E Gen2 car, which has almost double the range and energy
storage capacity of the previous car, fans will be amongst the first
in the region to witness the future of everyday electric road
With no mid-race car swap, a new team in the HWA
RACELAB, and Nissan e.dams replacing Renault, fans can expect more
action on track than ever before.
Fanboost, synonymous with Formula E, will
continue to lead the way in innovative fan engagement at live
events as once again Fanboost allows them to vote for their favourite driver to receive an extra boost of 100kJ of energy
during the race, giving fans a direct impact on the outcome.
While the iconic Hong Kong Harbourfront track
remains unchanged with 10 turns and two hairpins, the addition of
the new ‘Attack Mode’ is another on-track innovation that will
impress speed lovers in 2019.Activated via special zones on the
track, drivers will be able to access 225 kW power in Attack Mode
with spectators able to identify which drivers are in mode through
the illumination of LED Halos on the vehicles.
Season four champion Jean-Eric Vergne said,
“Last season was very special for me, and it all started in Hong
Kong where two great runs in the double header sent me on my
journey to my first championship win. With the Gen2 car, and new
features such Attack Mode, Formula E will become even more
exciting for both drivers and fans, and I look forward to the
Panasonic Jaguar Racing reserve and test driver
Tung Ho-pin said, “With the introduction of the Gen 2 car, Season
Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the most eagerly
anticipated yet. As a driver that has been involved in the series
from the start, it is great to see our sport continue to grow, and
to see the increasing impact its technology and innovation is
having on the future of electric vehicles. The Gen2 car is simply
amazing, and no doubt all the drivers will be looking forward to
racing in it this season. For Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Hong Kong
is one of the highlights of the season and we are looking forward
to getting back on the podium.”
The 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix continues to offer
entertainment for the entire family with an upgraded Allianz
E-Village, in both size and entertainment offerings. Acting as a
hub for education on the future of sustainable mobility education,
this activity space is one of the best places to rock out over the
Hong Kong E-Prix weekend.
Abutting the track but without direct views of
the race, all of the action will be carried to spectators on TV
screens in place around the Allianz E-Village.
The new Formula E World exhibition in the
Allianz E-Village demonstrates the advances in battery and
electric motor technology, while a new Kids Zone will satisfy the
curiosity of next generation motor racing fans and car lovers, and
educate youth through immersive and entertaining experiences.
To accommodate the expanded Allianz E-Village,
the Lung Wo Road grandstand space will be reduced to allow for
more activities, gourmet F&B, and live performances on race day.
The famed podium ceremony will continue to take
place at the Allianz E-Village so fans will still have the chance
to get up close and personal with the race winners.
Other opportunities to engage with the drivers
include autograph sessions, and the finale of the “Race Around
Hong Kong” simulator experience where esport enthusiasts can
compete head-to-head against the best drivers on the virtual Hong
Kong E-Prix track.
Mr. Joe Wong, JP, Commissioner for
Tourism, said, “The Tourism Commission is delighted with the
return of the Hong Kong E-Prix. In just two years, the event has
already become one of the top highlights in the Hong Kong events
calendar, which has significant appeal to both overseas tourists
and local residents. We look forward to supporting the third
edition of the event, and welcoming travellers from all over the
world to visit Hong Kong, the events capital of Asia. ”
Two months ago, Jaguar announced its I-PACE
eTrophy will become the support series to season five of the ABB
FIA Formula E Championship. A race will feature at the Hong Kong
E-Prix, and at the first ever Sanya E-Prix, two weeks after,
giving ticket holders two full races, in addition to all of the
practice and qualifying rounds, to immerse themselves in in 2019.
For fans who simply cannot wait till race day, a
“Race Around Hong Kong” initiative has been developed for gaming
fans and those dreaming of becoming race car drivers to compete on
the virtual Harbourfront street circuit.
Through a partnership with Sideways Driving
Club, simulators will be placed around Hong Kong for the public to
experience the magic of Formula E. The overall winner of “Race
Around Hong Kong” will get the opportunity to compete against the
likes of season four champion Jean-Eric Vergne and Formula E
debutant Felipe Massa at the Allianz E-Village Gaming Arena.
Ticket prices at the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix
across the Observation Wheel and Tamar Park grandstands are set at
a uniform price of HK$2,880, which includes complementary access
to the Allianz E-Village. Concession tickets are available for
children aged 5-12 years and senior citizens aged 65-and-over.