Address: Central Harbour Front Event Space, 9號 Lung Wo Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Circuit type: Temporary street course
The advent of Formula E and its city-friendly street circuits has allowed Hong Kong to finally play host to a race of its own. And unlike the illegal 'Need for Speed' style street races that spring up through the back streets of the autonomous territory, it's an event the city fathers are happy to embrace.
The Hong Kong ePrix circuit is located in the Central Harbourfront area. The 10-turn, approx 2.0km circuit uses the existing roads with drivers racing past instantly recognisable landmarks, such as the Central Star Ferry Pier and City Hall, with the Victoria Harbour on one side and the Central and Mid-Levels skyline on the other.
As is the nature of Formula E's street circuits, the ePrix circuit will be a demanding race track with two tight hairpins turns – one at Lung Wo Road and a second at the Star Ferry Pier. Designed by Rodrigo Nunes of R+S Project, the circuit runs clockwise and features a 555-metre main straight between Turns 1 and 2, which is the circuit's best overtaking opportunity. Turns 2 through 9 showcase the technical challenges of the track with a variety of corners, including a chicane. The fastest part of the circuit is from Turn 9 to Turn 2, with an interesting left-hand corner on Turn 10.
The 2016 event is actually the second attempt to host the electric racers on the harbourfront. The race was initially included on the inaugural calendar in November 2014, only for it to prove too early to be able to secure the necessary permissions and put in place the infrastructure changes required. That year's event was cancelled, however organisers persisted and Hong Kong was one of the early announcements as a host city for the third edition of the championship.
The Hong Kong ePrix is privately funded, with the government providing minor infrastructure improvement works in order to ensure the track complies with all FIA safety requirements. Ticket sales have proved good - even though the majority are not for the grandstands but for the eVillage fan experience zone, which doesn't actually afford views of the track, instead offering fans the chance to watch on a giant screen.
The Hong Kong ePrix is located on the Central Harbourfront area the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The nearest airport is Hong Kong International on Chek Lap Kok island, which enjoys extremely good transportation links to all parts of Hong Kong.
As several of the Central Harbourfront streets will be utilised for the track itself, vehicle movements will be restricted in the vicinity for the event. Public transport is the recommended option to reach the circuit, with an abundance of bus, minibus, subway and tram services which make movement across the city straightforward.
The circuit is located in front of City Hall with the main spectator areas on the Event Space on Lung Wo Road. There are three event entrance gates located at Central Pier No. 9, Edinburgh Place and Lung Wo Road, near Central Government Office.