Montreal's Formula E circuit has been unveiled - just across the St. Lawrence River from the city's Formula One venue. The 1.71 miles (2.75km) circuit - which is still subject to FIA homologation - will host the finale of the 2017-17 series with a double-header event on on July 29 and 30.
City fathers have agreed a three-year deal with Formula E bosses, and will spend around $4.5 million to improve the streets that will be used as the race track. The street course consists of 14 turns and runs from Papineau Avenue to Berri Street, along René Levesque Boulevard., Viger Street, Notre Dame Street. and St. Antoine Street, surrounding the Radio Canada building and passing through the city's Gay Village and the outskirts of Old Montreal.
The course could cause some local controversy, as its route will cut off a number of homes and businesses as well as cutting across the entrance to the westbound Ville Marie Expressway, though the mayor says this will alleviated by careful liaison with local people and the use of a number of temporary crossover bridges.
Addressing a gathering of assorted media and distinguished guests at Complexe Desjardins in Montreal - including the Mayor of Montreal and season one Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr - Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: "Formula E wants to bring fully-electric racing to the streets of the world's leading cities and Montreal is another fantastic new addition to the calendar. Montreal is a great city with a great vibe - the perfect place to conclude the third season of Formula E. I'm sure the drivers will revel in the opportunity to fight for the title against the backdrop of Montreal."
Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, said: "I'm very pleased that Montreal is now among the host cities for Formula E. In Montreal, we wish to promote transportation electrification. This race, which speaks to this wish, will be conducted on an urban circuit and will be a festive family event where everyone will be able to admire the prowess of electric vehicles. It will give us, in 2017, at the climax of the celebrations for the 375th anniversary of Montreal, the opportunity to demonstrate that high performance can go hand-in-hand with sustainable development."
The ePrix is being promoted by the evenko company, one of Canada's most-respected events organisers and tickets will go on sale on December 3 - to register your interest visit www.fiaformulae.com/Montreal