Cape Town has been included as a host city for a round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in February 2022. The announcement was made by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in Geneva following a scheduled meeting to approve the Season 8 calendar by Formula E Operations. As the founding partner to e-Movement, Jaguar South Africa supported the bid to host the first Formula E event in Cape Town.
Richard Gouverneur, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa, said: “This is a historic first for our country and Jaguar South Africa is ecstatic to have been part of the team to secure Formula E for Cape Town and South Africa.”
Iain Banner, Chairman of e-Movement (Pty) Ltd (the promoters of the Cape Town leg of the World Championship), said: “We are delighted and honoured to be included on the calendar after two years of bidding to make this dream a reality.”
e-Movement has been working very closely with the City of Cape Town and will continue to do so, to finalise processes so that all the requirements can be met to stage a successful event early in 2022. The news is welcomed by all role players and is seen as a counter-Covid-19 measure to boost South Africa’s identity globally, revive the Cape Town economy, and re-establish Cape Town as a leading tourist and events destination.
The Cape Town round will be the first FIA World Championship single-seater race in South Africa since the 1993 South African Grand Prix.