A top electric car racing series is moving to a new U.S. city in search of new markets.
Formula E is taking New York City off its calendar and replacing it with Portland, Oregon, after series organizers approved a revised calendar on Wednesday.
- The series has raced in the U.S. since its founding in 2015, with competitions in Long Beach and Miami.
- Formula E’s chief championship officer touted Portland’s “big passionate fanbase for professional sports” and “strong ecological credentials.”
- In addition to Portland, Formula E is adding São Paulo, Capetown, and Hyderabad. Seoul and Marrakesh held races this year, but won’t in 2023.
The series will hold testing rounds in Valencia on Dec. 13, with the first race coming in Mexico City on Jan. 14.
The 2023 season will introduce several key changes to the electric vehicle racing series, namely the Gen 3 car — a lighter and faster model than its predecessor and specifically designed for street racing.
The vehicle’s April unveiling before Formula E’s Monaco race focused on sustainability and the importance of the software upgrades in improving performance.
The race is also changing formats to a traditional one in which drivers complete a set number of laps, instead of the highest number of laps over 45 minutes.