Motor racing is coming to the heart of London for the first time in 42 years. But you can forget the fumes and deafening noise – this is all-electric Formula E.
On 27 and 28 June, 20 cars will race at speeds of 220kmh around Battersea Park to decide the winner of the inaugural season, which has taken in 10 races at city centre tracks in Beijing, Miami, Monte Carlo, Berlin and Buenos Aires.
It marks quite a rise for an idea that Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag admits “was a PowerPoint presentation” just three years ago, but has since persuaded motorsports royalty such as Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Jarno Trulli and Michael Andretti to get involved, along with manufacturers Renault, McLaren and BMW, and major corporations including Visa, Virgin, DHL, TAG Heuer and Michelin. Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Boris Johnson are all fans, with the London mayor instrumental in bringing the race to Battersea Park.