Circuit type: Temporary street course
The all-electric Formula E series is racing on the streets of Switzerland's largest city for the first time in 2018, marking the return of top-level competitive racing to Swiss soil for the first time in 63 years.
Racing had previously been forbidden in Switzerland for decades, with the last event taking place at the Bremgarten circuit in 1954. However, a law change in 2015 lifted restrictions on fully-electric racing and paved the way for Formula E to bring electrifying wheel-to-wheel action to the streets of Zurich.
The Julius Baer Zurich E-Prix's temporary city circuit is 2.46 km long and runs along the lake promenade, through the banking quarter and Zurich city centre. The layout features eleven corners in total and a mixed selection of challenges, including a hairpin bend, several 90-degree curves, wide and narrow sections as well as two high-speed sections and a chicane.
The circuit starts at Enge harbor, directly on the beautiful Lake Zurich, heading along the Mythenquai past the pit lane, reaching speeds of up to 220 km/h. The course then takes a right behind the Arboretum into General-Guisan-Quai, followed by a 90-degree left turn, after which the course continues along the Stockerstrasse.
After taking another two 90-degree left turns, the course then goes along Dreikönigstrasse and Genferstrasse. The course then turns right into Gotthardstrasse and then takes another left into Alfred-Escher-Strasse, which is the back-straight taking drivers back to the Enge harbour via a hairpin bend.
The Zurich E-Prix is supported by the Swiss federation, canton and city of Zurich, yet is privately organised and financed.
Swiss racer and 2015-16 Formula E Champion Sebastien Buemi is sure to be a home favourite and is hoping to put his name in the history books as the first professional circuit racer to win at home in over six decades.
"I cannot wait to be able to race on home soil - it's something no other professional circuit racer has said in 63 years!" he says "The atmosphere of racing on the streets, coupled with having your home crowd cheering you on is something I've never experienced before and this will be one of my dreams achieved - I can't thank everyone enough who has played their part in bringing racing back to Switzerland."
The first Zurich E-Prix will take place on 10 June 2018.
The Julius Baer Zurich E-Prix is located in the Enge harbour area of Switzerland's largest city. Zurich Airport serves numerous international destinations and has its own train station, with the journey to the city centre taking just 10 minutes. With its main railway station, Zurich also has the largest railway station in Switzerland – with direct connections to other Swiss cities and the surrounding countries.
As is typical of most Formula E events, the promoters strongly encourage the use of public transport to attend and there are no publicly-designated parking spaces available. The main entrance for the track is via Stadelhofen.
By rail, the racing and festival area is not far from Zurich's Hauptbahnhof (main rail station - 20 minutes on foot to the track) and the Stadelhofen (15 minutes on foot) and Enge (10 minutes on foot) stations. We do not recommend that you travel to the Wollishofen station, as this is situated within the area where diversions are in place.
The Zurich E-Prix's motor racing and its supporting programme in the E-Village take place directly on the lakefront. If travelling by boat, we recommend the Bürkliplatz and Enge landing stations. Again, it is best to avoid the Wollishofen landing stage, as this is situated within the area where diversions are in place.
Several tram stops are situated on or near to the circuit, and are therefore temporarily out of operation. If travelling by tram, please use the following stops:
While it is not recommended to travel by car, for those attending from longer distances it is best to use the Park & Ride facilities or the public carparks in Zurich city centre and neighbouring districts. Due to its rail connections, we particularly recommend the Oerlikon Park & Ride site.