Last year, following the success of Red Bull Cape Town Circuit, The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor Dan Plato and Mayoral Committee Member for Community Safety JP Smith announced they wanted to add a new international motorsport event to Cape Town’s calendar.

The Cape Town Formula E Consortium approached The City of Cape Town about the possibility of bringing the Formula E to the Mother City.

Formula E, a class of motorsport in which only electric-powered cars are used, sanctioned by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), has been operational since 2014.

After a study conducted in 2019 to see if Cape Town would be able to host a Formula E race, Jaguar South Africa has shared an interest in making the race happen. The study found three potential circuit layouts, according to Autosport, that can host a round of the championship.

A company called e-Movement, along with Jaguar South Africa and Cape Town officials will collaborate to bring the race to fruition.

Speaking to Autospot, e-Movement chairman Iain Branner said, “As a starting point, the preliminary track layout and how it fits into the existing fabric of the precinct – as well as the future development proposals around the identified track – were all key factors in assessing the City of Cape Town’s suitability. The primary objective was to design a suitable circuit layout that will have minimum impact on the city, require minimum construction work, cause minimum disruption to general public and traffic, and, crucially, leave a lasting legacy.”

This will be the second time the championships are hosted in Africa, if given the green light. The first Formula E championship was held in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Imogen Searra